Debi Cornwall is a conceptual documentary artist who returned to visual expression after a 12-year career as a civil rights lawyer. Her practice marries dark humour and structural critique, employing still and moving images, testimony and archival materials to investigate the staging and performance of power. Pineland/Hollywood challenges audiences to distinguish fact and fiction, to consider how films are consumed and, in turn, how they are reflected in real life. How Hollywood tells stories is interrogated, pushing viewers to the edge of their seats. The documentary provides wider commentary on how society is indoctrinated with violence.
Image Credit: Debi Cornwall, Old Town (Before the Battle) (detail). From the series Necessary Fictions (2020). 121.9cm x 91.4cm.