Mike Kelley and Ericka Beckman, ‘Blind Country’, 1989, Anat Ebgi

Blind Country is a collaboration between Mike Kelley filmmaker Ericka Beckman. Mike Kelley writes: It was inspired by the H.G. Wells short story The Country of the Blind, which was a favorite of mine as an adolescent. I was both fascinated and repulsed by this tale of a man having to give up his eyes to live in an alien sightless society. In rereading it as an adult I was struck by the obvious fact, which I was oblivious to as a boy, that it is a castration story, and by the thinly veiled sexual and racial fears within it. Blind Country bears no discernable reference to the Wells story but instead plays with these subtle underlying themes.
Courtesy of the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts and EAI.