Mirrored Identities: The Self as Multiple

Poster by Matt McKinzie.

Join us at the FMC Screening Room (475 Park Avenue South, 6th Floor) on Saturday, May 13th, at 1pm, for a fascinating program of films examining the mutability of human identity through doubling, fracture, and dissolution, curated by Julia Curl!


The Surrealist movement reimagined the body as multiple: through gender play and an exploration of the uncanny, its early avant-garde artists engaged in a deliberate fracturing and recomposition of the self. Multiple exposure, mirrors, and creative framing methods provided new tools for destabilizing the viewer and provoking a conception of the individual not rooted in a unified, singular “ideal.”

This selection of films follows in that legacy — some overtly inspired by it, some not — and examines the mutability of human identity through doubling, fracture, and dissolution.


  1. Hans Richter, Film Study (1926, black and white, sound, 4 minutes)
  2. Sara-Kathryn Arledge, Introspection (1946, color, sound, 6.5 minutes)
  3. Maya Deren, Meshes of the Afternoon (1943, black and white, sound, 14 minutes)
  4. Tom Chomont, Phases of the Moon (1968, color, silent, 4 minutes)
  5. Edward Owens, Private Imaginings and Narrative Facts (1966, color, silent, 6 minutes)
  6. Maria Lassnig, Self Portrait (1973, color, sound, 4.5 minutes)
  7. Gregory Anthon, Rhythm & Form: Grey Area III (1987, color, sound, 5 minutes)
  8. Rosalind Schneider, Parallax (1973, B&W, sound, 21 minutes)

Total Run Time: 65 minutes.