Artist-Curated Film Series: Poto and Cabengo (1980) with Introduction by Lisa Lapinski

Wednesday, February 5
3 PM
Art Building, Rm. 1.102
Free and open to the public

twin girls making crafts at table
Still from Poto and Cabengo, 1980. Directed by Jean-Pierre Gorin. 73 min. Courtesy Janus Films.

Lisa Lapinski introduces a screening of Poto and Cabengo (1980), presented as part of a film series curated by Lapinski in conjunction with her exhibition at the VAC.

This documentary follows the lives of Grace and Virginia Kennedy, two San Diego twins who have created a private form of communication that’s an amalgam of the distinctive English dialects they hear at home. Jean-Pierre Gorin’s polyphonic nonfiction investigation of this phenomenon looks at the family from a variety of angles, with the director taking on the role of a sort of sociological detective. It’s a delightful and absorbing study of words and faces, mass media and personal isolation, and America’s odd margins.

Lisa Lapinski: Drunk Hawking is on view January 24 – March 6, 2020.


About the Program

For this artist-curated film series, Lisa Lapinski selected two films that deal with themes present in her work, including communication and linguistics, childhood and popular culture, and the construction of meaning.

Screening Schedule

February 5   /   3 PM   /   Art Building, Rm. 1.102
Poto and Cabengo (1980), directed by Jean-Pierre Gorin

February 11   /   3 PM   /   Art Building, Rm. 1.120
The Banana Man (1983), by Mike Kelley