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​James Benning, READERS (video still)

James Benning, READERS (video still), 2017, courtesy of the artist and neugerriemschneider, (pictured Clara McHale-Ribot)

James Benning: READERS World Premiere


In Person: James Benning, introduced with a reading by Rachel Kushner

For over forty years, James Benning has created a cinema whose grace and clarity is equaled only by the elegance of its structures. His new film, READERS (2017), is no exception. Composed of just four shots in which Clara McHale-Ribot, Rachel Kushner, Richard Hebdige, and Simone Forti read quietly to themselves, the film offers portraits of its subjects while simultaneously serving as a mirror for the viewers, who perform a parallel stillness.