You Make Me Iliad

  • You Make Me Iliad

  • Artist: Mary Reid Kelley
  • Year: 2011
  • Duration: 14:47
  • Country: United States
  • You Make Me Iliad, a video that combines live-action performance and stop-motion animation, is primarily set in a brothel in German-occupied Belgium toward the end of World War I. Mary Reid Kelley posits the brothel as a metaphoric space in which wartime exchanges and moral compromises, sexual and non-sexual, are explored. The main characters in this work, a Belgian prostitute and a German soldier, are both portrayed by Reid Kelley herself. Their dialogue is written in a style that evokes epic poetry and is saturated with puns, rhyme and wordplay.

  • Accession #: 4098
  • Distribution Status: In Distribution
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