Abigail Child is a film and video maker who pushes the envelope of the sound-image relationship with her original montage. Her work in the 1980s explored gender while focusing on strategies for rewriting narrative; her 1990s productions used documentary to poetically explore public space. Her latest film, The Future Is Behind You (2004), exemplifies her interest in the body and its history, winning first prize at the 2005 Black Maria Film and Video Festival and the International Critic’s Prize at the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival.
Child’s films have been shown on television both here and abroad, and she has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial and Fulbright foundations, National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, and LEF Foundation, New England. She has exhibited her award-winning art in both solo and group shows, including The American Century, 1950–2000 at the Whitney Museum and at the London, Rotterdam, Pesaro, and Viennale film festivals. Child’s films are in the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and her work has been written about widely.
Child studied history and literature at Radcliffe College and graduated with an MFA from Yale University School of the Arts. She has taught film and video production and history at various schools and is currently chair of the film/animation area at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She is the author of several books of poetry and a new book of critical writings, This Is Called Moving: A Critical Poetics of Film (University of Alabama Press, 2005).