Diane Nerwen is a video artist and media arts educator. In her short experimental videos, she combines found footage and sampled sounds to reframe and challenge the coded conventions of visual media. Often directed by personal experience, she has investigated such issues as cultural and political identity, racism, sexuality and reproductive technologies. Nerwen's current work “Rip, Mix, Burn” examines U.S. intellectual property and copyright law and how it threatens creativity and free speech in the digital age.

Nerwen has shown her work internationally, including screenings at the Berlin Film Festival, the New York Video Festival at Lincoln Center, and the Guggenheim Museum, NY. Her work has been supported by grants from the New York State Council on the Arts and Creative Capital Foundation, and has received awards at the Durban International Film Festival and the Black Maria Film and Video Festival. She was awarded a DAAD Artist in Residence Fellowship in Berlin in 2001. Her videos are distributed by Video Data Bank, Chicago, Women Make Movies, NY and Vtape, Toronto. Nerwen was born in Montreal and lives in Brooklyn, NY. For further info please visit www.dianenerwen.com

The Thief of Bagdad
, 4:30, video, 2003
Courtesy of the artist

Oil, flying horses, and tales of liberation swirl together in this Technicolor action-adventure-fantasy starring Charlton Heston as a swaggering Texan empire-builder in Baghdad and Conrad Veidt as his nemesis. The film draws on imagery and dialogue from classic Orientalist cinema to depict a clash of civilizations, Hollywood-style.

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