Narcissister Organ Player (2018)

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American performance artist Narcissister takes a smart, sassy, spectacle-rich approach to exploring the kinds of sexual fetishism that notoriously fix racial and gender stereotypes. She combines unabashed eroticism, humor, and poignancy to stretch viewers' sensibilities and achieve surprising psychic effects. Narcissister Organ Player is originally a Bessie Awards-nominated performance that takes place in a metaphorical restaurant where Narcissister, unsated by a few spinach leaves, tries to eat the restaurant furniture and ends up "consuming herself" by entering and traveling through her own body, represented by an enormous onstage puppet. As the performance plays out on stage, in real life, her mother's long-term illness brings on a decline that ends in death. The artist's loss provokes an exploration of how her own complex, interracial family history has compelled her to create the masked, erotic performance character Narcissister. Enriched by Martha Colburn's original animation, Narcissister Organ Player is a hybrid personal documentary/performance film that is a vibrant portrait of a family, a radical artistic practice, and an exploration of how ancestral data is stored in our bodies, impacting the lives we lead.

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Critic Reviews for Narcissister Organ Player

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (4)

A beautifully heartfelt and poetic tribute to the filmmaker's mother... a profoundly moving acknowledgement of the ineffable closeness of their bond, [is] an artist's statement as much as it is a performance piece.

Nov 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Narcissister comes off as both a liberated and mind-opening deconstructionist of our addictive/oppressive image culture and an unapologetic paragon of the middle class.

Nov 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Certain niche audiences will find it fascinating and/or emotionally powerful, but... most will shrug.

Nov 7, 2018 | Full Review…

The contradictory goals of the film seem fitting, given the nature of Narcissister's art, and she reconciles them well.

Nov 6, 2018 | Full Review…

The film succeeds largely by doing its own thing.

Nov 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Narcissister Organ Player, then, above all, is itself a Narcissister work - an enigmatic performance (and performer) that thrives in absurdity yet isn't afraid to play with sentimentality.

Mar 12, 2018 | Full Review…

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