Thursday, October 25, 1990

Odile & Odette

A Correspondence in Word & Image

San Francisco Art Institute

“The relation of photography & language is a principal site of struggle for value & power in contemporary representations of reality; it is the place where images & words find and lose their conscience, their aesthetic & ethical identity.” (W.J.T. Mitchell)

Odile & Odette is an ongoing correspondence consisting of letters written to two women in a photograph and images projected as slides. The latest installment was begun in Berlin and concerns the crumbling Wall, the Berlin Film Festival, and the first photograph ever made. David Levi Strauss is a poet, photographer, freelance writer of art and cultural criticism, and editor of ACTS.