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Lauren Kelley

On Lauren Kelley’s stop-motion animation videos, curators Massimiliano Gioni and Jarrett Gregory

wrote that they are “visually and stylistically reminiscent of children’s television programs of the

’70s and ’80s, such as Sesame Street and Reading Rainbow.”1 And yet the stories they tell could

not be less appropriate for children: whether bemoaning an unplanned pregnancy or exploring the

world of flight attendants, Kelley’s work introduces viewers to a world in which dolls and puppets

are the chief players in a bizarre theater that merges the absurd with cinéma vérité. By using a

“unique a cast of black dolls and puppets that have undergone low-tech-and often hilarious-

modifications,”2 Kelley breathes life into the plastic characters while poignantly and humorously

addressing issues such as gender, feminism, and the human condition.