Born 1973, Boston, US
Lives and works Los Angeles, US
Californian artist Kerry Tribe’s film works often involve the layering of stories and imagery. Tribe’s film installation There Will Be________ (2012) re-imagines the 1929 unsolved murder/suicide of oil heir Ned Doheny in his Beverly Hills home, Greystone Mansion. The mansion and its grounds have since been used as a location for the filming of many Hollywood movies. The artist has appropriated their scripts, splicing unrelated words and sentences together to generate a new narrative that explores Doheny’s demise, along with his business partner (and potential lover) Hugh Plunket.
Tribe presents her film in three acts, each offering a different version of events. It is introduced through three large photographs of the protagonists – Doheny, his wife, and Plunket – with stage effects including blood. Also included are six collages featuring words and sentences that Tribe has excised from the various Hollywood scripts to make her composite narrative. The resulting script, used by the actors in Tribe’s film, is available for viewers to leaf through. In the process the disjointed nature of the lines becomes apparent, as does the impossibility of extracting truth from fiction.