Mary Billyou is a New York-based filmmaker whose work explores cultural memory by directing attention to the limits of institutional frames. Her films embrace conceptual strategies and technical accuracy by exploring the aporias found within cinema’s structures. Working both independently and for commission, Billyou shoots, edits, and produces time-based documentation and imaginative momentary reveries. Her commissions include durational performances by the artists Pope.L, Robin Rhode, Martha Rosler, and Anne Wilson. Her commissioned work is included in the collection of MoMA, and has exhibited at The Drawing Center, KMAC Museum in Louisville, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, and Lehmann Maupin.
Billyou’s work has been noted in publications including artforum.com, Artnet, Octopus Journal, and The New York Times, and has screened internationally at venues including: Ambulante Itinerant Film Festival, CROSSROADS Film Festival, Film Mutations, Images Festival, The New Museum, Spectacle Theater, and White Box Gallery. She is the recipient of awards from The New York State Council for the Arts, The Jerome Foundation and The Black Maria Film Festival. Billyou received her MFA in Film, Video, and New Media from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and attended The Whitney Independent Study Program.