Harriet Craig

1998, 12:08 min, b&w, sound

Bag created this video for a 1998 group show titled Harriet Craig at apexart in New York. Curated by David Rimanelli, the exhibition focused on the 1950 melodrama Harriet Craig, which starred Joan Crawford, and its themes of "domesticity, femininity and the underbelly of potential madness in both." In her condensed remake of the film, Bag plays the titular character. Craig is a meddling, maniacal and despotic housewife: she terrorizes her servants, ruins her cousin's love life and belittles her husband. She behaves this way—in the name of keeping her home tidy—until she is abandoned by her servants and family and left alone to her perfect house. Bag's campy, histrionic portrayal of Crawford channels iconic drag representations of the actress.

 
 

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