The writings of photographer and filmmaker Babette Mangolte, exploring her influences, her methods, her practice, and her collaborations in the New York scene.
A single black-and white photograph taken by Babette Mangolte has come to epitomize New York's downtown art scene of the 1970s. The dancers performing Trisha Brown's Roof Piece characterize perfectly the wild spirit of the time. Choreographed as an echo of movement unfolding across SoHo's rooftops, the dancers mimed the chimneys, water towers, and fire escapes which surrounded them across that skyline. Influenced early on by Dziga Vertov's Man with a Movie Camera and the work of Stan Brakhage and Jonas Mekas, Mangolte began studies in 1964 at the renowned École nationale de la photographie et de la cinematographie in Paris, one of the school's first female students. In 1970, having become disillusioned with the film scene in France, Mangolte moved to New York and became involved in the avant-garde film and dance milieus of the Kitchen and the Anthology Film Archives. EndFragment
Selected Writings, 1998–2015 is a collection of texts by Mangolte in which she reflects on her practice as a photographer and filmmaker and her collaborative work with filmmakers, artists, dancers, and choreographers. She provides insights into the techniques and methods she created as well as her relationships with notable collaborators such as Marina Abramović, Chantal Akerman, Trisha Brown, and Yvonne Rainer.
Copublished with Kunsthalle Wien on occasion of the exhibition “Babette Mangolte: I = Eye”
Luca Lo Pinto is Director of Museo MACRO in Rome, Italy.