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Shelly Silver

small lies, Big Truth (1999)

A disturbing and darkly humorous reminder of the cyclical nature of politics and history, small lies, Big Truth transports viewers back to the impeachment of Bill Clinton and the then-scandalous 1998 Grand Jury testimony of President Clinton and Monica Lewinsky. Multiple voices (including artists Joan Jonas, Kathy High, and Rodney Evans) read lines from the testimony over lush Super 8 footage of zoo animals. The narrators’ shifting voices, pronouns, and genders, juxtaposed with images of captive animals, highlight still-pertinent issues of morality, power, and voyeurism in contemporary culture. (18:48 mins., video)

small lies, Big Truth

small lies, Big Truth, courtesy of the artist

small lies, Big Truth

small lies, Big Truth, courtesy of the artist

small lies, Big Truth

small lies, Big Truth, courtesy of the artist

Made with the support of the Wexner Center’s Film/Video Studio

SUPPORT FOR THE WEXNER CENTER
Greater Columbus Arts Council
Ohio Arts Council
American Electric Power Foundation
The Columbus Foundation
Nationwide Foundation
Cardinal Health Foundation
Huntington Bank

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