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Babette Mangolte (b. 1941)



Calico Mingling (1973)
(NOW) or Maintenant entre parenthèses (1976)
Watermotor (1978)
Seven Easy Pieces by Marina Abramoviç (2007)


Babette Mangolte is an experimental filmmaker living in New York City. She had two complete retrospectives of her films and camerawork in 2000 in Germany (organized by Madeleine Bernstorff and Klaus Volkmer) at the Berlin and Munich Cinematheque and in 2004 at Anthology
Films Archives in New York City with the opening of her 2003 film Les Modèles de Pickpocket. In 2007 her film Seven Easy Piecesby Marina Abramovic (2007) premiered at the Berlinale 2007.

Her films and photo work were included in "The American Century" show in 1999 at the Whitney Museum in New York and "Century City" at the Tate Britain in London in 2001.

Mangolte is also known for her photography of dance, theater and performances. Her work was included with several performance photographs and two film installations in a show titled "Art, Lies and Videotapes: Exposing Performance" organized by Adrian George at TATE Liverpool (United Kingdom) in 2003.

Among her more recent shows, “Live Art on Camera” at John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, UK, Curator Alice Maude-Roxby, “ Un teatre sense teatre” at Museu d’Art Contemporari de Barcelona, Curator Bernard Blistene (tour to Museu Berardo, Lisboa, Portugal) and Mangolte’s first solo show in the US at BROADWAY 1602, New York, curated by Anke Kempkes, all in 2007 and in 2008 a two films installation titled Presence a t the Berlin Biennale 2008 and a second solo show at Broadway 1602 titled “Collision”. A new photo installation TOUCHING was included in a show at Akademie der Künste “re.act.feminism – performancekunst der 1960er & 70er jahre heute” curated by Bettina Knaup und Beatrice E. Stammer, till February 8, 2009.

She did a one month residency at OCA in Oslo, Norway in May 2009.

In 2010 she was included in numerous shows, in particular in the Whitney Biennial 2010 with “How to look ….”, and in a show at Migros Museum in Zurich, “While Bodies get mirrored… “, Mangolte also had two solo shows, one at Broadway 1602, New York in summer 2010 titled “Movement and Stills” and another solo show at Scorcha Dallas in Glasgow, UK titled “Yvonne Rainer: Testimony to Improvisation 1972-5”. In addition she was included in “Mixed Use: Manhattan” at Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain, curated by Lynne Cook and Douglas Crimp.