Genre: Documentary Short
Running Time: 31.20 minutes
Format: HD A
The first Covid-19 lockdown in New York invoked artist Linda Karshan’s memory
of her father’s crippling polio affliction in the 1952/53 epidemic, and his gallant battle against it.
This inspired her to “push back” by producing her most prolific body of work to date,
“…because I can stand, and he could not.”
A World War II hero, Karshan’s father, Roger E. Joseph, outlived his doctor’s pessimistic prognosis by sixteen years,
during which he resumed law practice successfully in his family’s law chambers.
Directed by Ghanaian poet/filmmaker Ishmael Fiifi Annobil, this historic film shows Linda Karshan at her most eloquent,
offering a rare insight into the pioneering minimalist artist’s inner and outer impulses, during her
"channelling” of the art works, which saw her draw circles for the first time in her long career,
and the influential role played by her agent, Jill Silverman van Coenegrachts.
Linda Karshan: Covid-19 Conversation evokes Karshan’s profound art practice, her magnificent exhibitions, and her groundbreaking ‘Walked Drawing’ genre. It is rich with poignant anecdotes from the collective memories of Linda and her sisters, lavishly interspersed with telling family photography.
It also offers a mesmerising tableau of the Covid Works.
“Covid-19 Conversation is a testament to human resilience, and to the role of memory in our mark making as artists. It is Linda’s requiem for her father,” says Ishmael Fiifi Annobil.
FREE RELEASE: Covid-19. It is released free-of-charge to international audiences
via Youtube and this website.
Producer/Director/Editor: Ishmael Annobil
Cinematography/Sound: Max Mallen
Associate Producer: Jill Silverman Van Coenegrachts
Audio Post-Production: Nick Kulukundis