The Eclipse and Re-Emergence of the Oedipus Complex

Home, Stewart
Stewart Home is an artist, filmmaker, writer and activist. To create the series Becoming (M)other, a collaborative work with Chris Dorley-Brown, Home imitated poses thrown by his mother, Julia Callan-Thompson, during a modelling shoot in the 1960s. Photographs of the artist in these poses were integrated with the original images to create a series of joint portraits. The Eclipse & Re-emergence of the Oedipus Complex also focuses on the artist’s mother. Images of Callan-Thompson working as a fashion model and club hostess are combined with a spoken commentary to explore the limits of documentary filmmaking, and to create a work which Home describes as ‘simultaneously an expression of love and loss’.
  • Artwork Details: running time: 41 minutes
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  • Material description: Digital video
  • Credit line: Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © the artist. Gift of the artist 2014.
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  • Medium: Film and Audio Visual
  • Accession number: ACC11/2014



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