The Girls
Carissa Rodriguez

Sunday October 13th
Screening at 7pm

The Girls (1997–2018, 37') revisits hours of Hi8 video footage captured in a Chinatown park in the 1990s, when Carissa Rodriguez moved to the neighborhood as an artist in her twenties. Catching the eye of several young girls playing outside, Rodriguez trains her lens on them for an extended duration. The Girls crystalizes the proto-digital era the artist was working in and casts the children — now young adults — as unwitting protagonists who mark the passage of time. The video further captures a moment in a neighborhood that has since undergone radical transformation by developers and real-estate markets, as well as a generation that was on the cusp of new technologies that would make the visual documentation of everyday life an integral aspect of living.