Organized by Adam Dwight and presented by the Washington Project for the Arts June 3 - 24, 2011 Opening Reception: June 3rd
THE FINAL GIRL is an exhibition meditating on the conventions of the horror and psychedelic film within the context of a video store installation. The show includes an exhibition of works in various mediums, a video viewing lounge, and a video store where visitors can rent DVD compilations and standalone DVDs of various artists' video works surrounding the show's premise. The Final Girl explores themes of feminism in the electronic visual age, exploiting cinematic conventions of the horror genre, which is notoriously known for its ambiguous treatment of the female narrative center. Instead of focusing on horror and psychedelia as tools for populist consensus and social anxiety, the exhibition will raise questions about these genres' grotesque and celebratory treatment of the female body.
Exhibition + Video Rental Store featuring works by: Mark Behme · Christopher Fuentez · Ryan Hill · Victoria F. Gaitán · Felipe Goncalves · Linda Hesh · James Huckenpahler · Mike Johnson · Peter Killeen · Marissa Long · Rob Parrish · Bonner Sale · Shalo P · Adrien Varallyay · Zac Willis · Andrew Wodzianski · Luke Wyatt
Video Lounge featuring works by: Stephen Ausherman · Jeremy Beaudry · Brett Bergmann · Christopher Cassidy · Terry Berlier + Luciano Chessa · Christine Chin, Andrew Berry, Maria Elena Brodeur, Sarah Watkins · Mary Helena Clark · Adam Cruces · John Davis · Clint Enns · McLean Fahnestock · Giada Ghiringhelli · Sabine Gruffat · Henry Gwiazda · Mary Hill · Thom Heileson Hunt · Gautam Kansara · Selina Loper · Jeannette Louie · Lilianne Milgrom · Sean Niesen · Aaron Oldenburg · Leah Peterson · Ian Alexander Scott · Julia Kim Smith · Dmitry Strakovsky · Claudia X. Valdes · Roland Wegererd