A tribute to Jessica Chastain2015, performance.
A Tribute to Jessica Chastain is a performance-lecture that combines images of the actress’s films with biographical details from her life. Chastain is presented as a figure of admiration and identification; as a self-described feminist, she takes roles in which her agency and autonomy as an actor are foregrounded. But beneath the rhetoric of feminist accomplishment that surrounds her oeuvre, feelings of despair and inadequacy emerge. Depression is reimagined as an avenue of potential resistance to the dominant order, the refusal (or inability) to buy in to a corporatized feminism in which the demand to “lean in” is an extension of neoliberal ideology.