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Mary Reid Kelley The Syphilis of Sisyphus

Film/Video

Images courtesy of the artist

Mary Reid Kelley
The Syphilis of Sisyphus

(2011)

French history gets an absurdist makeover in this recent video by Mary Reid Kelley. Reid Kelley plays a working-class woman in mid-nineteenth-century France, a “grissete,” who wanders through an elaborately designed black and white set, waxing philosophically in metered, rhyming verse about beauty, artifice, and the natural world. Jesus, Karl Marx, and Diderot are among figures of intellectual history who appear in this clever satire. (11 mins., video)