There were many casualties amongst the New York post-punk, no-wave crowd of the '80s. Lydia Lunch and Richard Kern were not amongst them. Lunch rose to prominence as the penultimate confrontationalist, using music, spoken and written word and performance to force her message home. Kern became renowned as perhaps the most extreme filmmaker of the period with such daunting sexual exploits as 'Fingered', which featured Lunch. In recent years both artists have turned to photography as an extra means of expression. While distinctly different in style these two bodies of work share a central theme of decay - both moral and physical. They also share a sense of confrontation - strange realities not to be avoided.
Presented with the assistance of the Australian Film Commission as part of the No Wave Cinema season through the Australian Film Institute.
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