‘I had aspired to be a painter… But somewhere around the time I entered art school, it became somewhat apparent that was not going to happen. I liked narrative in art, "B" movies, the hidden genius of bad art, and low budget films... [Two Faces Have I] probably came from that intuitive corner of my painter's soul. The few times I have seen it, I don't believe I could have known that something in it transcended my smart-ass young self who made it. It has all the animistic sadness of whatever we try to do, work hard at, and retire from.’
– Inga, 2023, on the work of Chris Langdon
Two Faces Have I gathers works by Jana Euler, Sylvie Fanchon and Pati Hill to orbit films by Chris Langdon – ‘the most important unknown filmmaker in the history of the Los Angeles avant-garde’. Borrowed from Langdon’s 1973 film, the show’s title could also refer to its two iterations (Lisbon/Porto), the multiple lives of its protagonists, or the transformative gesture through which something might become something else, in either of these artist’s hands.
Combining still and moving images from the dead and the very much alive, the exhibition has always been thought of as four solo shows in one, in an approach not uncommon across Ampersand’s past seven years of activity in Lisbon.
“When one likes something very much, or someone, it is hard to do anything but like it.”
- Chris Langdon
“Long life to it [the vacuum cleaner] and to the society that wishes, like the cat, to lick itself clean.”
- Pati Hill
Ampersand – a program looking at artistic enterprise, including but not limited to exhibitions – was founded by editor Alice Dusapin and artist Martin Laborde in Lisbon in 2017. Two Faces Have I is curated by Ampersand with Justin Jaeckle.
Exhibition supported by Institut Français du Portugal in the scope of Temporada MaisFRANÇA.
With special thanks to the Academy Film Archive and Arcadia University Archives. The films of Chris Langdon were restored by the Academy Film Archive.