“A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night: Adapted″ 2019 © Oriana Gatta / Gicleé Print / 16″ x 20” (unframed)

This work adapts the the 2014 Iranian vampire western film (of the same name) directed by Ana Lily Amirpour in which a young female vampire challenges transcultural* expectations that girls and young women are/should be passive, defenseless, naive, and without agentive sexual desire.

*While the film is set in Iran, whose national religion is often held up by white liberals (including white liberal feminists) in the U.S. as antithetical to U.S. (rich, white, male, and Christian) democracy, I use the term “transcultural” here to highlight the pervasiveness of classist and racist misogyny across many clearly drawn and powerfully misleading lines separating geographically-bound cultural/political entities such as nation-states.