Join us for a program of artist films as part of Fighting Talk in collaboration with SheFest 2018.
Fighting Talk responds to the centenary of some women gaining the right to vote with a 21st century perspective. By drawing attention to contemporary protest, the exhibition will draw attention to inequalities that still need to be over come world wide. In 2018, what are we fighting for?
The schedule is as follows;
Tuesday 6th March, 1pm — 1.30pm
Liz Sergeant; Speaking of Charlotte (The Spirit of Activism)
7 mins 19 secs
'Speaking of Charlotte' is one of a series of works inspired by activist, suffragist and social reformer, Charlotte Despard (1844-1939), who began campaigning in her fifties and continued until her death aged 95, despite being imprisoned in Holloway twice in her sixties. Her inspiring and optimistic message — that age doesn't matter, that it's never too late to make a difference — is communicated through performative scenarios which draw upon historical references to activism made relevant for today: the campaign leaflet, the bill poster, the marching banner and the rallying speech.
'Speaking of Charlotte' is a collaborative performance with six colleagues in Trafalgar Square, the historical site of numerous political rallies and from where Charlotte delivered many of her compelling speeches. The performance is a eulogy, praising her courage, integrity and passion as she campaigned for the disadvantaged and vulnerable throughout her long life.
Wednesday 7th March, 1pm, 1.30pm
Tracy Satchwill; Hysterical Females
6 mins 39 secs
The majority of us know about the history of suffragettes: the force-feeding, the protests, the breaking of windows, in Hysterical Females the focus is on the core of the problem — the men’s behaviour towards women. This playful and theatrical film looks at the discrimination against Edwardian women, starting from girlhood. Why were young girls encouraged to suppress their ambitions? Why was marriage the only vocation for women? Why didn’t politicians take women seriously?
The story revolves around Esther, a young, curious but naïve woman, who explores a visually inviting but uncomfortable world where there’s a struggle between power and freedom. In this domineering patriarchal society women are treated as victims and represented as automated, unconscious and desired objects. Men are the masterful creators and women dismembered, punched and severed art objects. A rebellion, a radical change is required to overcome and deconstruct the oppositions and boundaries of the patriarchal thought. The appearance of an angel signifies entering another world. Her function is of prophecy, communication and guidance. She is a suffragette, a savour of the women of today.
Thursday 8th March, 1pm — 1.30pm
Audrey Rousseau; In Loving Memories
38 mins 16 secs
This film explores issues of remembrance and redress of past injustices inflicted to Irish women and children who were incarcerated and forced into labour in religious institutions. By the evocation of personal stories and modern-day political actions, the 7 activists and researchers featured in this film, bring to life a polyphonic narrative of affective memories – between historical record and pedagogical tool – trying to recognize the extent of discrimination in the Magdalene Laundries and the Mother and Baby Homes in Ireland.
Friday 9th March, 1pm — 1.30pm
Diana Galimzyanova; The Dance Of Water
11 mins 15 sec
«The dance of water» explores the struggles experienced by a woman with a chronic disease, as seen through the prism of the social alienation caused by the ableist society. The music in this piece was created by a beta version of the Romanian app «MSing with Trauma». This app transfers MRI scans into music. Diana Galimzyanova, the video artist, used MRI scan of her own brain for that purpose. She has hydrocephalus the chronic brain condition.
Monday 12th March, 1pm — 1.30pm
DYSPLA; You Will Fail Her
9 mins 15 secs
A one woman performance about mental health and the educational apartheid that blights British society. Exploring the emotional consequences of a failed education system and, in light of the recent cuts to education funding, proving that it is still the most vulnerable students in our society who are forgotten through discriminative education.
Tuesday 13th March, 5.30pm — 7pm
Esther Johnson; Asunder
Asunder tells the story of what happened to an English town during the First World War, with almost all of its men abroad fighting and its women and children left behind. The North East was in the front line, thanks to its shipyards and munitions factories.
Using archive and contemporary footage and audio, Asunder collages the stories of people from Tyneside and Wearside to uncover what life was like on the home front, with bombs falling on Britain for the first time, conscientious objectors sentenced to death, and women working as doctors, tram conductors and footballers. The narrative moves from an Edwardian golden era, in which sport grew in popularity and aircraft and cars pointed to a bright new future, to a war that horrifically reversed this progress. In the Battle of the Somme, commencing on 1 July 1916, British, French and German armies fought one of the most traumatic battles in military history. Over the course of just four months, more than one million soldiers were captured, wounded or killed in a confrontation of unimaginable horror.
Esther Johnson will be doing a Q and A after the screening of this film.