“The Sustainable Legacy of Agnès Varda”, Co-edited by COMD Assistant Professor Colleen Kennedy-Karpat



The Sustainable Legacy of Agnès Varda celebrates the feminist legacy of the celebrated French director and visual artist Agnès Varda, who died in 2019 after more than six decades of work in film, photography, and installation art.

Co-edited by COMD Assistant Professor Colleen Kennedy-Karpat and Professor Feride Çiçekoglu of Istanbul Bilgi University, the essays collected here explore how creation, connection, and environment form the core of Varda’s artistry.

With chapters inspired by the “Virtual Varda” conference hosted in 2020 at Bilgi to mark the first anniversary of Varda’s death, the volume discusses a wide range of her work, from the classic Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962) to documentaries The Beaches of Agnès (2008) and the Oscar-nominated Faces Places (2017) as well as selected art installations. The book’s fourth section also features preeminent scholars from around the world writing about how they have incorporated Varda’s art and feminist pedagogies into their classrooms.

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