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Jeffrey Gibson

I Was Here

Jeffrey Gibson, I was Here, 2018

Jeffrey Gibson's I Was Here (2018) mixes documentary and dramatic styles and centers on Macy, a transgender woman and a member of the Choctaw Nation. Blurring the lines between a mystical, natural setting and Macy's daily reality, Gibson's film examines the private and personal routines of transformation and self. The film's location, the Choctaw reservation in central Mississippi where Gibson's family is from, plays a significant role in the film's blend of spirituality, ritual, and the fantastical. The film was commissioned by the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College for Gibson's 2018 exhibition This Is the Day.

Jeffrey Gibson
I Was Here, 2018
Single-channel video (8 minutes, 15 seconds)
Collection of the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College, Clinton, NY
Commission, Daniel W. Dietrich ‘64 Arts Museum Programming Fund
Vocals: Tanya Tagaq
Director of Photography and Editor: Brett Novak
Camera Operator: Maxwell Flick
© Jeffrey Gibson, 2018