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Artist Statement
My feature films reflect my hybrid practice. They explore hybridity not only in form, but in their combination of the real and the imaginary. My films engage with both documentary and fiction film traditions, portraying an unstable reality circumscribed by fictions.

An outsider sees the world with a loving, innocent awareness but does not understand it. They hover forever on the perimeter of life, never being fully allowed in. In Commedia Dell’Arte, The Fool only appears between acts – unlike normal human beings he can traverse time, but he is never allowed into their present. In the Tarot deck The Fool is card 0. He is nothing. A blank slate, mystified and enchanted by a reality estranged from itself.

Non-Resident Studio Advisors: Allison Ferris, Joao Ribas

Image credits
1. John Fireman, still from Sigrid on Her 14th Birthday, Feature Film, HD video and VHS, 2014
2. John Fireman, still from Sigrid on Her 14th Birthday, Feature Film, HD video and VHS, 2014
3.John Fireman, still from Sigrid on Her 14th Birthday, Feature Film, HD video and VHS, 2014
4. John Fireman, still from Sigrid on Her 14th Birthday, Feature Film, HD video and VHS, 2014
5. John Fireman, still from Sigrid on Her 14th Birthday, Feature Film, HD video and VHS, 2014