As regional character disappears and corporate culture homogenizes our surroundings, it’s increasingly hard to tell where you are. In Chain, malls, theme parks, hotels, and corporate centers worldwide are joined into a monolithic “superlandscape” that shapes and circumscribes the lives of two women. One is a businesswoman studying the international theme park industry. The other is a young drifter, living and working illegally on the fringes of a shopping mall. The Chain projects have appeared in two forms: Chain X Three, a three-screen installation/movie, played at Eyebeam, the Walker Arts Center, MoMa’s Gramercy Theater, and Melbourne’s Screen Gallery. The second feature film version premiered in the Berlin Film Festival and was broadcast on ZDF/ARTE in Germany and France. It has also shown in festivals including Edinburgh, Vancouver, the Viennale, Cinematexas, and in New York at the Museum of Modern Art’s Premieres series.
2010: Chain screens at Museum of Modern Art in New York as part of Creative Capital film festival
2002: Chain is screened at Rotterdam International Film Festival
2005: Chain is screened as part of Reel New York’s 10th anniversary at Hebrew Union College
2006: Chain is screened at Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis
2006: Chain is screened at IFC Theater in New York
Mar 20 – Apr 18, 2009
Jem Cohen is featured in a solo exhibition at Robert Miller Gallery in New York City.