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Vivienne Dick

Liberty’s Booty1980

Liberty’s Booty (1980) uses a matter-of-fact view of middle-class, white prostitution as both a work of sexual demystification and an ironic exposition of American ‘permissiveness’. Old rock anthems and memorabilia keep surfacing like reproachful shards of the sixties. Dick’s last film from her time in New York, Liberty’s Booty  explores ideas of power, womanhood, sexuality and identity. In the film, Dick draws a parallel between prostitution and the desire for success so prevalent in American culture. Candid shots in a brothel in NY are interspersed with imagery of the pope’s visit to Ireland and footage of the characters in NY roaming in the Irish landscape.  Text source:

MediumColour, sound
Duration Duration: 47:36 min
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2020
Item NumberIMMA.4194
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
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Vivienne Dick, Liberty’s Booty, 1980, Colour, sound, Duration: 47:36 min, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2020

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Vivienne Dick

Irish filmmaker and artist Vivienne Dick began making Super 8 films in New York in the late 1970’s. Dick became a key figure in the avant-garde ‘No Wave’ scene together with musicians, filmmakers and artists including Nan Goldin, Lydia Lunch, Arto Lindsay and James Chance. Retrospectives of Dick’s work have been held at Seville European Film Festival, 2016, Tate Modern, 2010, Crawford Art Gallery, 2009, and Berlin Film Festival in 1988. The exhibition 93% STARDUST took place at IMMA in 2017.

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