Matthew Barney: Redoubt reveals a major new direction in the work of a renowned artist and film-maker. It features a series of imposing and intricate sculptures cast from fallen trees and over 40 engravings and electroplated copper plates.
The film follows a sharp-shooter in her pursuit of wolves across the winter wilderness of Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains. She is accompanied by two dancers moving in dialogue.
Barney appears in the film as an artist in the employ of the US Forest Service. He tracks and observes the hunter while making a series of copper etchings.
A hoop dance by an indigenous contemporary choreographer is the catalyst for the wolf hunt’s dramatic conclusion. The film has been hailed as ‘breathtakingly beautiful’ by the New York Times. It uses choreography to weave together the story of Diana and Actaeon, cosmology and modern American political narratives.