Ricerche: two

2020
2-channel video installation
3.2K video, color, sound
38:47min
Dimensions variable

Ricerche is a 5 part video series that steps off Pier Paolo Pasolini’s brilliant 1963 film, Comizi d’Amore, to stage a contemporary inquiry into the “sexual problem” in the United States. While the political climate in post-war Italy in 1963 was deeply distinct from that of the United States in this contemporary moment, both are sites of a persistent political condition in which so-called value-based policy and ideology act out symptomatically to cover up underlying economic and political vulnerabilities.

Ricerche: two is an interview with 23 members of two women’s tackle football teams in Dallas/Ft.Worth, TX: the Arlington Impact and the Dallas Elite Mustangs.

Since the inception of tackle football in the late 19th century, organized women’s tackle football has appeared in fits and starts and at varying scales and with limited success. At present there are over 4,000 people playing professional women’s tackle football on 80+ teams across 8 leagues. Despite the professional aim of the pursuit, players must play a players fee of roughly $1-3K per year and participate in fundraising events and campaigns for the team. Players have some other form of employment, many holding 2 or more jobs during the season in order to pay for team fees, equipment and travel.

In the interview, the players address football, passion, family, sexuality, gender and the financial and social obstacles to playing this sport. They move against, around and in resistance to bounded and regulated ideas of gender and demonstrate gender, and, particularly the category “woman”, to be an infinite, powerful and ever-changing container.

Participating Players from Arlington Impact, Division I, Women’s Football Alliance (WFA): Charise “CJ” Blacksher, Epiphany Carroll, Alaydrain Cofer, Chandra Collier, Ken Gabriel, Pareishia “Gym Shoes” Green, Bethany Lartigue, Brittany Myers, D’Angela Marie “Deezy” Ricks, Kim Rose, Tara Thomas, Courtnei “Luckey” Townson,Tatanisha “Tito” Young

Participating Players from Dallas Elite Mustangs, Division I, Women’s Football Alliance (WFA): Erika Bobo, Arebria Burr, Tatum Curtis, Tiara Darby, Cheyenne Gutierrez, Yazmin Lopez, Titiana Smith, Alexias Stricklin, Kesz Wesley

Production Team:
Director of Photography: Michelle Lawler
Production Manager: Althea M. Rao
Outreach Coordinator: Jackie Soro
Camera: Sean Lyons
Sound Recorder: Leslie Francis
Key Grip: David Lynn
Additional Grip: Prentice Branzet, Lonnie Butts
DIT: Kyle Novak
Still Photographer: Rolando Sepulveda II
Production Assistants: Gabriella Mykal Smith, Alex Sigtenhorst