Peggy Ahwesh is a BFMAF 2017 Artist in Profile and as well as Verily! the Blackest Sea, the Falling Sky, a brand new two channel installation work, we will host three screenings of her films and a seminar with writer Laura Guy.

Refashioning the intent of footage lifted from an online animated news outlet, this cautionary tale is about the inexplicable sea and the tumultuous sky– a poetic tour through the dense landscape of human foibles and crises increasingly out of alignment with the forces of nature.

Peggy Ahwesh
United States
Thu 21/09 - Sun 24/09
10 mins
Bankhill Ice House

"The Blackest Sea has a sweet poetry about its movement, with a very emotive and dramatic soundtrack, but as it develops through the various themes, I want it to feel strongly connected to current issues that we are dealing with today—the viability of the oceans, the man-made dilemmas of climate and the migrants who have cast their fate upon unforgiving waters.  The sea in its unending flow and uncontrollable force is the subject of The Blackest Sea, and that trope is transposed in The Falling Sky to the wind and sky, the airwaves and the man-made data flow, the invisible force field that surrounds us when we work and we carry along in our handbags and coat pockets.  The lyricism between the above and below, sky and sea becomes clear."

—Peggy Ahwesh

Peggy Ahwesh

Peggy Ahwesh was born in 1954. Over the last thirty years, she has produced one of the most heterogeneous bodies of work in the field of experimental film and video. A true bricoleur, her tools include narrative and documentary styles, improvised performance and scripted dialogue, synch-sound film, found footage, digital animation, and crude Pixelvision video. Using this range of approaches, she has extended the project initiated by 1960s and '70s American avant-garde film, and has augmented that tradition with an investigation of cultural identity and the role of the subject.

Ahwesh received her B.F.A. from Antioch College. Her work has been widely shown, at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; the Balie Theater, Amsterdam; the Filmmuseum, Frankfurt; the Rotterdam International Film Festival, Rotterdam; Museu d'Art Contemporani Barcelona (MACBA), Barcelona; the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and The Museum of Modern Art, New York, among other venues. Her numerous awards include an Alpert Award in the Arts, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, and grants from the Jerome Foundation, Creative Capital, and the New York State Council on the Arts. She teaches at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York and lives in Brooklyn, New York.


The Falling Sky and The Blackest Sea (2016-17), Alluvium (2015), City Thermogram (2015), Lessons of War (2014), Kissing Point (2014), Collections (2012), My Cat Gets an Aura Reading (2010), The Ape of Nature (2010), Bethlehem (2009), The Third Body (2008), Warm Objects (2007), Beirut Outtakes (2007), Dedication (2006), Certain Women, with Bobby Abate, (2004), The Star Eaters (2003), She Puppet (2001), Heaven's Gate (2000–01), 73 Suspect Words & Heaven's Gate (1999–2000), Nocturne (1998), The Vision Machine (1997), Magnetism, Attraction and Repulsion, Deep Sleep, Auto Suggestion, Animal Magnetism, Mesmerism, and Fascination (1996), Trick Film (1996), The Color of Love (1994), The Scary Movie (1993), Strange Weather, with Margie Strosser, (1993), The Deadman, with Keith Sanborn, (1990), Martina's Playhouse (1989), I Ride a Pony Named Flame (1988), Philosophy in the Bedroom (1987), From Romance to Ritual (1985), The Fragments Project (1985–1995), Ode to the New Pre-History (1984–1987), Pittsburgh Trilogy (1983)