The Lord and the Pork Barrel

Vanalyne Green

Artist Bio

The Lord and the Pork Barrel is an experimental digital video documentary. Narrated by a frustrated God depicted as an upper-class British gay man, the video takes a humorous, historical look at how politics is infused with religious iconography and language. Combining archival footage, comedic reenactments, and media coverage of current events, The Lord and the Pork Barrel is the first non-autobiographical project by Vanalyne Green, whose previous videos have investigated American myths and institutions via her own experience. An additional theme is the archetypal story of the citizen pilgrimage to Washington, D.C., as embodied by such diverse sources as the Million Man March and the film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

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Vanalyne Green

Leeds, UK

Vanalyne Green has been creating video documentaries since 1990. They have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art, The Hara Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, The Southern Circuit Tour, the Worldwide Video Festival in Holland, and the Berlin Film Festival. Her awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, The New York Foundation for the Arts, The New York State Council on the Arts, and a Richard H. Driehaus Individual Artists Award. Green is an associate professor at the Chicago Art Institute and has guest lectured at many institutions, including the Valand School of Fine Arts in Sweden and Temple University in Philadelphia.