Screening: Precious Things, Precarious Times (CANCELLED)
Artists: Beatrice Gibson, Maeve Berannan, Gery Georgieva, Özden Demir and HP Parmley Location: Pi Artworks, London Date: 21 March 2020, 4-6 PM
Precious Things, Precarious Times brings together films by Beatrice Gibson, Maeve Berannan, Gery Georgieva, Özden Demir and HP Parmley, gathering around notions of transience, maintenance and endurance. Approaching these affective notions from the perspective of women, and exploring how they are held in materials, preserved in myths or travel between cultures, the films explore stories of value and care, emphasising their importance in times where crisis has become the norm.
Deux Soeurs Qui Ne Sont Pas Soeurs (Two Sisters Who Are Not Sisters), Beatrice Gibson, 2019, 22 minutes
Reimagining a 1929 script by Gertrude Stein, “Two Sisters Who Are Not Sisters” evokes conditions of collectivity by meditating on interpersonal bonds; pregnancy, alliance, kin, friendship, sixth sense, influence. A young woman at a Brazilian bar speaking about the election of a fascist becomes a measure against which Gibson and her network of close collaborators set their hazy drift through the anxieties of our times.
The Drift, Maeve Brennan, 2017, 51 minutes
“The Drift” traces the intertwined material and cultural histories of contemporary Lebanon through three of its inhabitants — the gatekeeper of the Roman temples of Niha, a young car mechanic and an archeological conservator. Depicting histories that are neglected, recycled or conserved just as artefacts and spare parts, the film sketches out an intimate politics of repair.
The Voices of Ida, Özden Demir, 2017, 11 minutes
“The Voices of Ida” takes the Mountain of Ida, who is also the mother goddess, as a figure through which to tell a collective history of the North Aegean. Beginning with Homer, onto Freud and back through Sappho, the journey ends with the current threat of deforestation, which now sadly frames all that has past through these lands.
Balkan Idol, Gery Georgieva, 2015, 4 minutes
Exploring the woman voice as a relay device for cultural histories in Bulgaria, “Balkan Idol” blends songs of a derelict communist past with the brilliantly trashy pop-folk of nightclubs. Ruins of an old monument contrast with flashy interiors in a cinematography of rupture that testifies to the ruptures of history.
Desktop Compositions, HP Parmley, 2019-2020, 10 minutesA recording of HP’s distinct moving-image performances, “Desktop Compositions” assembles everyday phone recordings, playing with their capacity to hold the pertinent emotions in nondescript memories. Composing movements of alienation and enchantment, the images allow us a breather whilst slowly figuring out the next step.
Gery Georgieva, still from Balkan Idol (2015)
Maeve Brennan, still from The Drift (2017)
Özden Demir, still from The Voices of Ida (2019)