Sat 21 Jul, 8–10pm
Gallery 9, Whitechapel Gallery, E1 7QX
Part of Nocturnal Creatures
Marking the 50th anniversary of 1968, six readers choose and read aloud key texts which resonate that spirit in our present moment. This shared reading echoes Luka Zimmerman’s film Civil Rites, a cine-poem, taking as its starting point Martin Luther King’s 1967 speech, exploring how the core themes of poverty, racism and war continue to haunt our lives. Readings by Aysen Dennis, Evan Ifekoya, So Mayer, Liberty Anthony Sadler, Daniella Shreir and Andrea Luka Zimmerman.
Aysen Dennis moved to England from Turkey in 1988 due to political reasons. A feminist and anarchist, she founded the infamous Aylesbury Campaign in 2000 to fight against gentrification and social cleansing in her community. The initiative is still active today ans Aysen continues to work in her own community as well as others, attending debates and giving support to resistance groups across the country. She has worked and campaigned against gender violence since 1980 and still fights passionately for this cause.
Evan Ifekoya is an artist working primarily in performance, moving image, sound and text. Their work explores what it means to make art in a world that would rather people like me not exist, let alone flourish.
So Mayer is the author of Political Animals: The New Feminist Cinema (IB Tauris: 2015), and works with queer feminist film curators Club des Femmes, currently touring Revolt, She Said with the ICO, a programme of feminist film from 1968 and after.
Liberty Antonia Sadler is an artist & filmmaker, working with mediums of drawing, text and moving image within a personal political context; her work uses character and playfulness to discuss themes of food, body dysmorphia, vulnerability, sexuality, femme identity and queerness.
Daniella Shreir is the co-founder and editor of printed feminist film journal Another Gaze. She works as a programmer, translator, and a graphic designer. She is currently working on production of a film about Maria Schneider, as well as touring a short film programme of women filmmakers’ responses to sexual violence.
Andrea Luka Zimmerman is an artist, cultural activist and filmmaker. Andrea’s work explores the intersection of public and private memory, in particular in relation structural and political violence.