Circulating Feminist Moving Image

Lis Rhodes, Light Reading, 1978. Film still. Courtesy the artist and LUX, London
Lis Rhodes, Light Reading, 1978. Film still. Courtesy the artist and LUX, London
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Since the 1970s, our exhibiting artist, Lis Rhodes has been an experimental filmmaker, influential film programmer, and founding member of Circles – the first women artists' film and video distribution organisation in Britain.

This film screening and panel discussion explores two independent but interconnected feminist solidarity networks for film and video production and distribution, and foregrounds the historical tensions between representation and moving image, while looking towards new approaches and collaborations in contemporary moving image practices.

Join us for a screening of Callisto Mc Nulty’s film, Delphine et Carole, insoumuses (2019), which looks at feminist video activists in France from the 1970s, including actress Delphine Seyrig and Carole Roussopoulos, founders of the Centre Audiovisuel Simone de Beauvoir – the first French organisation to distribute film and video by women artists. As well as being some of the first to document protests by the French women’s movement, they also used the new medium to counter the dominant representation of women on TV and elsewhere with their own images and commentaries. This film both writes a chapter in the history of feminism and traces the beginnings of a creative political practice that used boldness, humour, and subversion to unite collective action, media intervention, and archival documentation.

The screening is followed by a talk by Lucy Reynolds, whose research focuses on questions of the moving image, feminism, political space and collective practice, and a moderated discussion by Daniella Shreir, co-founder and editor of the feminist film publication, Another Gaze.

Lucy Reynolds has lectured and published extensively. Her research focuses on questions of the moving image, feminism, political space and collective practice. She is course leader for the MRES in Creative Practice at the School of Arts at the University of Westminster, where she is deputy director of the Centre for Research in Education, Art and Media (CREAM). As an artist, her ongoing sound work A Feminist Chorus has been heard at the Glasgow International Festival, the Wysing Arts Centre, the Showroom and The Grand Action cinema, Paris. She is editor of the forthcoming anthology Women Artists, Feminism and the Moving Image, and co-editor of the Moving Image Review and Art Journal (MIRAJ).

Daniella Shreir is editor of Another Gaze, an online and printed feminist film journal she co-founded in 2016. Another Gaze publishes reviews, essays and features, both academic and journalistic, that highlight often overlooked filmmakers who identify as women and question the existing canon. In parallel, Shreir works as a translator, graphic designer and film programmer. Her translation of Chantal Akerman’s memoirs, entitled My Mother Laughs, is forthcoming on Silver Press.

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