Sasha Wortzel: We Have Always Been on Fire

June 6 - June 22, 2021

Reception: June 6, 2021 - 7PM (In-person Screening: June 22, 2021 - 6 - 9PM)

We Have Always Been on Fire (video still), 2018, 6 minutes

We Have Always Been on Fire traces a queer lineage and engages with loss.

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Sasha Wortzel, We Have Always Been on Fire (video still), 2018, 6 minutes
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Sasha Wortzel: We Have Always Been on Fire

Set among the dunes of Fire Island, which have witnessed decades of cruising and dancing, Sasha Wortzel’s film blends a performance of Morgan Bassichis’s song “We Have Always Been on Fire” with 1976 footage by queer nightlife documentarian Nelson Sullivan. We Have Always Been on Fire traces a queer lineage and engages with loss.

About Sasha Wortzel

Sasha Wortzel (she/they) is an artist and filmmaker working between Miami and New York City. Blending the archival and the imaginary, Wortzel’s films, installations, sculptures, and performances investigate the ways the past and power haunt and inextricably shape the contemporary American landscape. Wortzel’s films have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art’s DocFortnight, True/False Film Festival, DOC NYC, BAMcinématek, Blackstar, New Orleans Film Festival, Berlinale, and Sharjah Film Platform. Their work has been exhibited at the New Museum, Brooklyn Museum, The Kitchen, New York; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC; Krannert Art Museum, Champaign; and SALTS, Birsfelden. Wortzel has been supported by the Sundance Institute, Art Matters, Field of Vision, Queer/Art/Mentorship, a 2018 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in film/video, and an Ellies 2020 Creator Award. Wortzel has participated in residencies including the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Program, Abrons Arts Center, Watermill Center, New York; AIRIE (Artists in Residence in the Everglades) and Oolite Arts; Miami Beach. Wortzel’s film This is an Address (2020) is distributed by Field of Vision. Happy Birthday Marsha! (2018; co-director Tourmaline) won special mention at Outfest and is distributed by Frameline. Their work is in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum and Leslie Lohman Museum of Art. She has been featured in publications including The New York Times, Artforum, Art in America, and New York Magazine. Wortzel received an MFA in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College.


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Sasha Wortzel, We Have Always Been on Fire, 2018, 6 min, Song by Morgan Bassichis

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