Lorna Simpson

(USA, 1960)

For New York-based artist Lorna Simpson, her inSITE2000 project Duet/Dueto was the first color film she had produced. The work was envisioned as a dual projection using two projectors to create a diptych effect where two narratives could unfold in parallel. Filmed exclusively at sites in Tijuana and San Diego, including a hospital, bar, newspaper factory, office, and a home, with the participation of eight local actors, Simpson spent four days with her crew on the film shoot. The final film was on view at the Centro Cultural Tijuana from November 2000 through February 2001.

Curators: Susan Buck-Morss, Ivo Mesquita, Osvaldo Sánchez, and Sally Yard
Venue: Centro Cultural Tijuana


Lorna Simpson’s contribution to INSITE97 was a film entitled Call Waiting, shown at the Santa Fe Depot in downtown San Diego. The film features two women in conversation over the phone who are interrupted by other callers speaking in different languages. The result is an indecipherable web of open-ended stories and conversations that are carried out between the various speakers.

Curators: Jessica Bradley, Olivier Debroise, Ivo Mesquita, and Sally Yard
Venue: Santa Fe Depot, San Diego