Rose Lowder

Rose Lowder is an experimental film-maker working in Avignon. She was born in 1941 in Lima and studied fine arts from a young age. She lived in Peru until the late 1950s, taking the opportunity to travel the country extensively at a time when it was still little exposed to international tourism. After continuing her training in London, at the Regent Street Polytechnic and the Chelsea School of Art, between 1964 and 1972 Lowder worked as an editor in the film industry. During her years in London she frequented the independent bookshop Better Books and discovered the work of experimental film-makers associated with Structural film, such as Malcolm Le Grice and Robert Breer. Motivated by the desire to build up a collection of films that lay outside the mainstream, and taking her cue from the screening and programming venues created in the early 1970s in the wake of the Anthology Film Archives in New York, Rose Lowder co-founded AFEA (Archives du film exp.rimental d’Avignon), which today houses nearly two hundred films in 16 mm format as well as paper documents.

Her own practice as an experimental film-maker flourished from the late 1970s. Focusing her research on visual perception, which she studied for three years, Rose Lowder constructs her images from the possibilities offered by the film stock and the environment in which she is filming. Today the Rose Lowder’s work is distributed by the experimental film distributor Light Cone and has been shown around the world, including most recently in France in group exhibitions at the Villa Vassilieff (2017) and the FRAC Normandie Rouen (2019). Her first series of Bouquets (1994–1995), each film one minute long, is now in the collection of the Centre Pompidou.