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Gareth Long, Kidnappers Foil

Gareth Long’s exhibition Kidnappers Foil looked at the production of history, the figure of the amateur, and the recycling of media through the lens of itinerant filmmaker Melton Barker. From the 1930s through the 1970s, Barker traveled around the United States producing different iterations of the same film with casts of local children, titling them with slight variations on Kidnappers Foil. He made more than three hundred versions of the film, though fewer than thirty are known to survive, which have been rescued and preserved by the Library of Congress and the Texas Archive of the Moving Image thanks to the diligence of archivist and scholar Caroline Frick.

Commissioned by Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, in 2014 and restaged in an expanded edition at the Blaffer Art Museum, Houston, in 2019, Long’s installation treated Barker’s films as unlikely readymades, projected simultaneously in the gallery to reveal the differences that emerge across the many takes on one script and the varying milieus in which they were captured. It is an unusual vantage on the history of cinematic production in the twentieth century. [publisher’s words]

With texts by Erika Balsom, Max Fields, Caroline Frick, Andrew Hibbard, Steven Matijcio

Edited by Max Fields, Andrew Hibbard
Published by Mousse Publishing
ISBN: 978-8-867494-17-0
112 pages
2020

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