Artist Writer Critic
Susan Mogul, mixes and blurs genres - autobiography, documentary and ethnography – to create dramatic and poetic narratives out the everyday. Turning her barbed wit both inwards and outwards this feminist filmmaker reflects on women’s private and public lives.
Having been involved with video since the early 1970s, Susan Mogul is a pioneer of the medium. Initially producing an important series of humorous and staunchly feminist performance videos in the 1970s, her practice quickly expanded to more complicated and experimental forms of narrative, that include feature-length work. Driving Men (2008, 68 min.) is her most comprehensive autobiographical film.
Women of Vision: Histories in Feminist Film and Video, devotes a chapter to Mogul's work and career, and, the UCLA Oral History Program printed the volume, “Susan Mogul: An Oral History.”
A resident of Los Angeles since 1973, Mogul’s work has screened at film festivals, in museums, and on television, nationally and internationally. She has received commissions and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, ITVS, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Getty Trust, to name a few.
Mogul’s video art was featured in The Getty Museum’s historic “California Video,” the Pompidou in Paris, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Her first retrospective was presented in 2009 at Visions du Reel: the Nyon International Film Festival in Switzerland.
Mogul will premiere her lecture/performance “The Challenge of Crafting A Life: A Memoir of a Never Married Woman” at several venues in Europe in 2009. Her presentation is a reflection on making autobiographical work for thirty-five years.