Allison Willison, 'Babette Mangolte - Yvonne Rainer: Testimony To Improvisation 1972-73' (The Metro, 11/10/2010)
Babette Mangolte – it’s not exactly a name that trips off the tongue easily. And unless you happen to be a massive fan of experimental film, chances are you won’t have heard of her before – and that’s a big shame.
The French-born, New York-based artist’s work is vibrant, original and unforgettable. She premiered her film Seven Easy Pieces by Marina Abramovic at the Berlinale 2007 festival, and has had two retrospectives of her films and camerawork; in Germany in 2000 at the Berlin And Munich Cinematheque, and in 2004 at the Anthology Films Archives in New York.
This exhibition, her first solo Scottish show, concentrates on Mangolte’s photographic documentary work and a film made in collaboration with legendary contemporary performance artist Yvonne Rainer.
If the exhibition gives you a hankering for more of Rainer’s work, don’t worry – there’s also a retrospective of her projects over at the Tramway this week that will see six days of film screenings, two evenings of dance and a book- signing and reading event featuring Rainer herself.