Peggy Ahwesh has produced a heterogeneous body of work in the field of experimental film and video. A true bricoleur, her tools include narrative styles, improvised performance and scripted dialogue, digital animation, and the kid toy Pixelvision video. The work is primarily an investigation of cultural identity, the hyperreal genres of porn, home movies and documentary and the role of the female subject.
Ahwesh work with subversively amateur forms, in a discourse that yields traditionally female-gendered themes like home and family, relationships, and confessions, appropriated as fictional scenarios. Her practice insists on political and social topicality, handled with theoretical rigor, with a nod to both popular culture and textual pleasure.
Guggenheim Museum, NY, New York and Bilbao, Spain; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; the Balie Theater, Amsterdam; the Filmmuseum, Frankfurt; the Rotterdam International Film Festival, Rotterdam; Museu d'Art Contemporani Barcelona (MACBA), Barcelona; the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and The Museum of Modern Art, New York, among other venues. Her numerous awards include an Alpert Award in the Arts, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, and grants from the Jerome Foundation, Creative Capital, and the New York State Council on the Arts.