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Michelle Handelmann

MICHELLE HANDELMAN

Born 1960 in Chicago, artist Michelle Handelman makes confrontational works in video, performance, photograph and installation that directly tackle extreme female sexuality. Often using costume and delirious characters, her work has an edge of post-feminist toughness and is at once comdic and disturbing. She has shown widely nationally and internationally, including Exit Art, Cristinerose Gallery, and Jack Tilton/Anna Kustera Gallery, all New York; Georges Pompidou Centre, Paris; ICA, London; American Film Institute, Los Angeles; and at a vast range of international film festivals. Prior to moving to New York in 1999, Handelman directed the documentary BloodSisters (winning a 1998 Bravo Award) and collaborated for several years with Monte Cazazza, pioneer of the industrial music scene in San Francisco. Handelman gained her MFA from Bard (2000) and her BFA from the San Fransico Art Institute (1989), she is also an accomplished writer; she has gained many awards for her films throughout the 1990s and she now teaches in the Media Studies department of The New School University.

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