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Karen Yasinsky

Born Pittsburgh, PA 1965

A Woman in Trouble is a Temporary Thing

16mm transferred to video
Runtime 6:43
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A fictional portrait film including Victoria Legrand set in a flat dystopian space. An early interlude includes a horse departing the screen, tempered by an animated disintegrating cobweb.

Production Credits

Sound of Owen Gardner
CGI animation by Chris Bishop


Karen Yasinsky is an artist and filmmaker working with animation, collage, painting and drawing. Her video installations and other works have been shown in many galleries and museums internationally including the Mori Art Musuem, Tokyo; PS1 Contemporary Art, NY; UCLA Hammer Museum, LA; the Wexner Center, Columbus, Museum Folkwang, Essen and Kunst Werke, Berlin. Her films and videos have been screened worldwide at various venues and film festivals including the National Gallery of Art, DC; MoMA, NY; the New York Film Festival's Views from the Avant Garde; Crossroads, SF; the San Francisco International; Images Festival, Toronto; the International Film Festival Rotterdam and the Ann Arbor Film Festival where she won the Leon Speakers Award for Best Sound Design in 2013. She is a fellow of the American Academy in Berlin and the American Academy in Rome, is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Baker Award. Two early animations, No Place Like Home #1 and 2 are included on the Criterion Channel through Miranda July's Joan 4 Jackie project. She teaches at Johns Hopkins University in Film and Media Studies.