Umbilical


418 MONTEZUMA AVE, SANTA FE NM 87501

Sunday February 16th, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

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This piece is an animated documentary exploring how my mother’s abusive relationship with my father shaped my own experiences in a boarding school as a child in China. The societal pressures on my mother to hide her abuse and her desire to protect me ultimately created a situation where I was subjected to the same societal pressures. Our shared desires for intimacy, safety, and normalcy have been constantly at odds with the realities that surround us. Through a conversation as adults, my mother and I learn to understand each other and support one another.

 

Director Biography – Danski Tang

 

Originally from Zhuhai, China, Danski Tang is an animator and visual artist now based in Los Angeles.

Specializing in 2D hand-drawn animation, interdisciplinary art, and alternative documentary, Danski uses animation as a means to investigate themes of gender, sexuality, cultural indoctrination, and body politics. Her work has been shown in numerous international film festivals such as Annecy International Animated Film Festival, Hiroshima International Animation Festival, Krok International Animated Film Festival. Recent projects include “Newts” a concert theatre piece in collaboration with dance, music, and projection mapping; and “Ming” a film about a Chinese woman’s experience as a nude model in Canada.

Danski holds an MFA in Experimental Animation from California Institute of the Arts, where she studied with Pia Borg, Maureen Selwood, and Suzan Pitt. She also holds a BFA in animation from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art.