INA ARCHER's multimedia works and films have been shown in festivals and galleries nationally including Black X: African Diaspora Experimental Film Series, NYC; Cinema Remixed and Reloaded: Black Women Artists and the Moving Image Since 1970 at Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, GA., and The Contemporary Art Museum, Houston and she was featured in Cinema Project's EXPANDED FRAMES: a celebration and examination of critical cinema in Portland, Oregon. Her awards include residences at Headlands Center for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, Blue Mountain Center and Civitella Ranieri in Umbria, Italy. Ina was a Studio Artist in the Whitney Independent Study Program; a NYFA multidisciplinary Fellow, a 2005 Creative Capital grantee in film and video, and a 2010 nominee for the Anonymous Was A Woman award. She is a member of New York Women in Film and Television’s Women’s Film Preservation Fund and a board member of IMAP: Independent Media Arts Preservation.
Ina’s film writing includes reviews for Film Comment, Framework, The Journal of Cinema and Media, and Black Camera. She is an adjunct professor at Parsons The New School for Design in the School of Design Strategies.
I consider film history, preservation and digital production as a continuum that extends into my art/filmmaking work. I humorously confront social/cultural issues past and present via cinema, but the subtext is often based in personal narratives. In my artwork, I use commercial films as material and appropriation and montage as strategies to negotiate the myriad relationships of marginalized people to media representations. I draw parallels between contemporary practice and that of the past both thematically and self-reflexively with my use of digital media. My interest in montage extends into the arrangement of screens and objects within my film and video installations. I often insert myself into the scenarios that have otherwise excluded me, hoping, playfully, to interrogate the seductive pleasures and power of cinema, to “de-canonize” the familiar narratives of film history and to complicate, accepted cinematic representations. My collages and 2D work combine my cinematic explorations with my jewelry and design training as paper ephemera are “cut” into flowers and mandalas motifs. In each media, issues of race and representation are progressing into more personal explorations about love (outside of the movies), autobiography, urban and natural environments and my own role as a media-maker.
b. 1962, Paris, France
Lives and works in brooklyn, new york