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“Chris Kraus: Films,” installation view, Real Fine Arts, Brooklyn, May 2011
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by Elisabeth Kley

Dressed only in a black bra and panties, spiked fingerless bondage gloves and a curly blond wig, writer Chris Kraus once braved six degree temperatures in the snow, while ranting about murdering her sadistic husband. “I was trying to build a gendered two-legged snowman, thinking the legs would join together at the pelvis and the dick. Never got there,” she recalls. The ordeal was for Foolproof Illusion (1986), a 17-minute film about Artaud from a feminist point of view, and the snowman’s lack of completion resonates in light of Kraus’s aborted filmmaking career.


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