Saturday: Sarah Paulsen’s “Elegy to Connie”

Posted by Fort Gondo on February 16, 2014 | Comments Off on Saturday: Sarah Paulsen’s “Elegy to Connie”

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This Saturday at fort gondo:

Sarah Paulsen’s Elegy to Connie

February 22 – March 15, 2014

Opening reception Saturday, February 22, 7-10 PM

Elegy to Connie is a feature-length animated documentary by Sarah Paulsen that examines the events prior to and after the 2008 shootings at Kirkwood City Hall. As retold by a group of grassroots community builders who were close with the late councilwoman Connie Karr, the film was made partially in collaboration with these women and is based on their stories.

This exhibition situates Paulsen’s documentary amidst a large-scale installation of drawn and sculpted elements from the film’s making. A series of workshops and events will take place during the weeks the exhibition is on view, which will provide open platforms for discussion about memory, citizen representation, the utopian suburban dream, and healing after tragedy.

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about the artist:

Sarah Paulsen is an artist, filmmaker and community organizer whose artwork has been exhibited widely in local and national exhibitions, and whose films have been featured in the St. Louis International Film Festival, the True/False Film Festival (St. Louis, MO), and the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, among many others. A 2010 C.A.T. Institute fellow, she has also completed numerous residencies — including the Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris — and orchestrated several large-scale St. Louis-based community projects. In 2009 she founded the now-annual People’s Joy Parade on Cherokee Street, which will soon be in its sixth year. Paulsen holds a B.A. in visual art from the University of Missouri, Columbia and an M.F.A. from the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Art at Washington University. She lives and works in St. Louis, where she teaches art and animation at the St. Louis Art Museum, Marian Middle School and the St. Louis Community College, Forest Park.

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This project is supported in part by awards from Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Missouri Arts Council; as well as foundations, corporations, and individuals throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Opening receptions sponsored by Schlafly Beer.

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IMAGE: Sarah Paulsen, production still from, 2014.


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