Initially known for her work in photography—which she has been making over the last three decades—New York–based artist Moyra Davey (born 1958) is also an esteemed writer, editor and, most recently, filmmaker, whose works layer personal narratives with explorations of other authors, filmmakers, and artists. This book is based on two related projects that take form as text, photography, and film: Les Goddesses (2011) and Hemlock Forest (2016).
Les Goddesses collapses the lives of Davey and her five sisters with those of the daughters of Mary Wollstonecraft, the 18th-century feminist writer, and activist.
Hemlock Forest weaves references to Wollstonecraft, Chantal Akerman and Karl Ove Knausgaard with her own family stories. During the making of Hemlock Forest, Akerman took her own life. Her death soon engulfed Davey’s awareness, prompting a broader exploration of Akerman’s and her own biographies, amid more universal themes of compulsion, artistic production, life and its passing.
Edited by Karen Kelly and Barbara Schroeder. Text by Aveek Sen.
Softcover, Perfect-Bound, 128 pages, 6.5 inches x 10 inches, Dancing Foxes Press.