Déjà vu is a new film commission by artist Maria Pask inspired by Rose Hill Roundabout, a community newsletter produced from the 1950s to the 1960s in Rose Hill, a housing estate on the outskirts of Oxford. Filmed on location in Rose Hill, the film stars local people alongside professional actors.
Déjà vu presents a series of mini-dramas inspired by past community events that were documented in the newsletter, such as a tiddlywinks competition and amateur dramatics productions. Roundabout promoted the development of community cohesion and engaged in political and social discussion, whilst recognising the value and importance of local life.
Amsterdam-based Maria Pask is known for her project-based work. She investigates collective creativity, empowerment and the position of the individual in the community. Working with social structures, she employs a broad array of methods ranging from sculpture and film to workshops, publications, live performances and events. Her work often has a strong social and collaborative element reminiscent of radical movements of the 1960s and 1970s.
Maria Pask: Déjà vu is support by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, FONDS BKVB, Mondriaan Foundation, Amsterdam and Oxford City Council's South East Area Committee.
Maria Pask: Déjà vu would not have been made possible without the support of the residents of Rose Hill, Oxford in particular Carol Davis; and the generous support of Rose Hill Community Centre, Rose Hill Primary School and the Lenthall Road Allotment Association.
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Don't Miss: Maria Pask and Johanna Billing talk about their work with Catherine Wood (Curator of Contemporary Art and Performance at Tate Modern) on Thursday 27 May.
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