Yvonne Buchanan


In Buchanan’s video work she creates micro narratives of the ghostly presence of histories. Individual, family and community experiences of otherness, and the perpetual small and large traumas sustained, is the focus of her recent work.

She is particularly interested in the strategies employed to endure these experiences, especially ideas of religiosity and beliefs in the afterlife.

Her subject is often the black body as object and symbol, the embodiment of curiosity, and  a “dark” and weighty presence.

In constructing her work, she frequently uses the loop, in creating a circular story, one that can be read differently, as scenes repeat.

Buchanan’s background in the history and techniques of painting and drawing is a strong influence on her visual form, making her video pieces less cinematic and more spatially related to painting.

Buchanan's media works have been screened widely including Slamdance International Film Festival, Syracuse International Film Festival, Everson Museum of Art, Currents 2010, Squeaky Wheel, “One Night Only”: Site SantaFe, Hammer Museum/UCLA, Munson Williams Proctor Museum of Art, SUNY Brockport, SUNY Oswego, Memorial Art Gallery/ University of Rochester, Bard College, Muhlenberg College, and Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin.