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In this interview, Isadora Viera shares memories of her Childhood mind—recalling the thinking and imagining that happened in her family’s garden spaces. She describes family relationships, particularly a closeness with her brother, and the impression her mother’s struggles with depression made on her as a young person. She recounts her early encounters with psychoanalysis and the ideas and influences that her first therapist brought into her life. She examines the role of psychoanalysis on her work as a filmmaker and also describes the process of researching and creating a pornographic film with a feminist lens. She describes working for a studio, issues of authorship, and what it means to be credited for her work as director. She reflects also on returning to school, changing perceptions of her own age and maturity, and the new path of exploration that she has recently begun.
This interview will be of interest to artists, therapists, psychologists, psychoanalysts, and others interested in the role of psychoanalysis in one’s creative process and personal development. It will speak to filmmakers, feminists, those navigating or supporting someone in finding their path, as well as people interested in the politics of authorship, memory, family relationships, and women’s articulations of self-discovery.
Lailye Weidman is a 40-year old white, queer, cis woman of Anglo-European and Jewish Ashkenazi-European heritage. She is a professor of dance at Hampshire College, an independent choreographer/dance artist, and editor living in Northampton, MA.
This interview is hereby made available for research purposes only. For additional uses (radio and other media, music, internet), please click here to inquire about permissions.
Oral history is an iterative process. In keeping with oral history values of anti-fixity, interviewees will have an opportunity to add, annotate and reflect upon their lives and interviews in perpetuity. Talking back to the archive is a form of “shared authority.”