Assume Nothing: an exploration of art and gender by Kirsty MacDonaldNovember 29th, 2011 | Posted by in Movie Reviews | New Releases
Life is not black and white. It’s not even really gray: it’s infinitely colorful. The idea of a strictly binary, black and white world is a human invention. Like the idea of species: nature knows no species. The bright line of division between two closely related species is a label of convenience, a tool of science, and does not reflect the subtle gradients through which life expresses itself. Think of language: at what point, on what date, did Middle English become Modern English? Was it a Wednesday? Say at around lunch time?
This is the reality that Kirsty MacDonald’s beautiful documentary Assume Nothing explores. With photographer Rebecca Swan’s book Assume Nothing as a catalyst, MacDonald set out to tell the stories of five artists whose art, and lives, challenge cultural preconceptions of gender. Combining techniques of drama, documentary, and animation, MacDonald has created a remarkable film that offers us an eye-opening view into the world we live in. A world most of us assumed we knew.