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John Waters: Change of Life

John Waters: Change of Life
ZURICH  •  Fotomuseum Winterthur  •  Ongoing
John Waters achieved the status of cult filmmaker with his fifteen films, and particularly with Mondo Trasho (1969), Pink Flamingos (1972), Polyester (1981) and Hairspray (1988), thereby defining for a generation that "trash" is part of our culture. "John Waters is the pope of trash", wrote William Burroughs. At the beginning of the 1990s, he turned to photography, watching videotapes of films that fascinated him – Cleopatra or Baby Doll for example – and taking photographs of these films directly from the video monitor. These media image elements were the raw material from which John Waters created new short films by editing and pasting: "Director’s Cut” was the name he gave to both the procedure and the book. The Fotomuseum Winterthur presents the first comprehensive exhibition of these photographic sequences. Selected objects, script books, cabaret scenes and advertising material for films bear witness to John Waters' fascination with photographic images and the mass media. The exhibition also contains his early and previously unpublished no-budget films LHag in a Black Leather Jacket (1964), Roman Candles (1966) and Eat Your Make-up (1968).

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully-illustrated book published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc., including essays by Lisa Phillips and Marvin Heiferman, as well as contri-butions by Gary Indiana, Brenda Richardson and Todd Solondz, discussing Water’s style and influence not only in film but on contemporary American culture.

Fotomuseum Winterthur Web Site

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