Per-Oskar Leu
Happily Divorced
(with Halvor Rønning)
Video and live reading
1 hour 15 min. 34 sec.
Presented as part of Segunda Vez open seminar organized by Dora García, Trondheim kunstmuseum,
22 November 2017

If the people of the United States are trapped in a destructive relationship with a manipulative bully, could the story of the American president’s first wife Ivana perhaps provide some clues on how to break free? Happily Divorced looks into the form of emotional abuse known as gaslighting. Leu and Rønning’s project includes adaptations of Patrick Hamilton’s 1938 stage play Gas Light – the fictional drama from which the psychological term is derived – presented alongside documentary footage featuring Ivana. The screening will be broken up by live readings from Ivana’s self-help literature and semi-autobiographical novels.
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