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Moyra Davey: Horse Opera, 2019–2022, HD video with sound, 60 minutes

June 13–July 19

Moyra Davey: Horse Opera

at Higher Pictures Generation

Horse Opera premiered as part of a retrospective of the filmic work of artist and photographer Moyra Davey, at the Museum of Modern Art, in 2022. The film offers a visual and literary narrative in which horses form the phenomenological framework for a dense reflection on music, dance, pain, intoxication, ecstasy, community, and life.

After the film’s screening at Montreal’s Musée d’art contemporain in September 2023, Moyra Davey explained that its title, a reference to the western film genre (horse opera), is also quietly haunted, pained by the anticipation of preparing to accompany a horse-friend into illness and eventually death (Davey has been around horses for many years, and they feature regularly in her recent work). “What’s more,” adds the artist after a moment’s reflection, “the title evokes an ‘operatic’ time,” marked by a lyrical gravity. Horse Opera is Davey’s pandemic film—a work that straddles the intimate fold of primordial powers, a kind of anarchive of an era lived between light and shadow, a suspended judgment held by a gaze both raw and loving, hospitable and unvarnished.

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