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The City of West Hollywood announces the launch of the upcoming Moving Image Media Art (MIMA) program exhibition and the worldwide launch of THREE UNKNOWN WOMEN FILMASTERS, a collection of three short films, by artist Sabrina Gschwandtner. The THREE NEGLECTED FEMALE FILMASTERS I’m filming, I’m shooting will be broadcast at the beginning of each hour, followed by Movie II and movie 3 at 20 and 40 minutes every hour on the Simplified gazebo billboard, located at 9157 Sunset Boulevard on the Sunset Strip from Saturday, October 1, 2022 through Tuesday, January 31, 2023.

MIMA is an ongoing exhibition series of moving image multimedia artwork on multiple digital billboards at various locations along Sunset Boulevard. The goals of the MIMA program are to foster cultural equity, expand accessibility, inspire communication, create public space, and enhance the human experience of the Sunset Strip. Among the most resonant and applicable themes, MIMA seeks to portray the concept of restoration in relation to communities rendered invisible by inequity.

Sabrina Gschwandtner has examined the historical erasure of women’s work in film throughout her career. By creating “quilts” of kaleidoscopic moving images from meticulously manipulated historical footage, Gschwandtner’s work performs an act of historical remediation, reclaiming the names and works of under-recognized female filmmakers from the silent era, where intricate sewing skills perfectly conveyed their rigorous craftsmanship. demands of weaving together an engaging film. Gschwandtner’s expressive films fill inadmissible gaps in Hollywood’s past, but they also exist as fascinatingly beautiful moments on their own, twinkling on the west end of town, guiding us confidently home.

Sabrina Gschwandtner’s works, consisting of film, video, photography and textiles, were recently presented at The sum of the parts, Craft Contemporary, Los Angeles, and in a solo exhibition at the Shoshana Wayne Gallery in Los Angeles. Gschwandtner’s works have been exhibited worldwide in museums such as the Smithsonian American Art Museum; the Victoria and Albert Museum; the Museum of Arts and Design, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, among others. His work is held in the permanent collections of LACMA, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the RISD Museum, the Mint Museum, the Philbrook Museum, the Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art at Rollins Collect, and the Carl and Marilyn Thoma Art Foundation, among other public and private collections around the world. Gschwandtner was born in Washington D.C., earned her MFA from Bard College, and received an Individual Artist Fellowship from the City of Los Angeles (COLA) in 2019.

The Moving Image Media Art (MIMA) program is a series of City of West Hollywood exhibitions administered by the city’s arts division, as part of its Art on the Outside program, and is presented as part of the Sunset Arts and Advertising. MIMA offers artists the opportunity and funding to create immediate, remarkable and ambitious works of art that engage with the unique visual landscape of the famous Sunset Strip and experience the cutting edge technology of high-end digital signage. definition.

MIMA allows artists to occupy, challenge and play with the boundaries and uses of public space and manifest moments of connection and admiration. Sabrina Gschwandtner has been selected for exhibition on MIMA’s prequalified list, an open and ongoing call for artists, curators and arts organizations in moving image media, with applications reviewed twice a year by the Commission des arts and cultural affairs in the city of West Hollywood, in November and May. The MIMA pre-qualified roster includes a diverse roster of artists at all career levels; from emerging to internationally recognized.

The City of West Hollywood Arts Division offers a wide range of arts programs including Art on the Outside (temporary public art), Arts Grants, City Poet Laureate, Free Theater in the Parks, Human Rights Speaker Series, Library Exhibits, WeHo Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival, Summer Sounds + Winter Sounds, Urban Art (permanent public art) and WeHo Reads. For more information on the City of West Hollywood’s arts programming, please visit

For more information about MIMA, please contact Rebecca Ehemann, City of West Hollywood Arts Officer, at (323) 848-6846 or [email protected] For those who are deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

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