Artists’ Films: A Protest, A Celebration, A Mixed Message

16 May 2019 – 31 May 2019

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Thursday 16 – Sunday 19 May, Thursday 23 – Sunday 26 May, and Thursday 30 – Friday 31 May

10AM - 5PM Tuesday - Saturday
12-5PM Sunday

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Modern Art Oxford

Oxford, United Kingdom


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A series of artist films foregrounding contemporary artists and directors whose work explores cultural identity through moving image portraits centred on the abstracted and politicised body as a conveyor of lived experience.


Ayo Akingbade, Tower XYZ, 2016, 3 minutes, courtesy of the artist
Accompanied by a lilting soundtrack, characters wander through London’s concrete jungle as the narrator reflects on the current state of the city and her imagined future.

‘In Tower XYZ I wanted to feature my experience of living in Hackney and document London’s ever-changing landscape. I wondered if I did not capture it, would people know of an African fabric shop called Afrique Fabrics that once shone majestically on Kingsland High Street for many years? I wanted to see myself and my community represented in a way that was authentic.’ – Ayo Akingbade

Hannah Black, My Bodies, 2014, 3 minutes, courtesy of the artist and Arcadia Missa, London
‘I wanted to say something about how there is no generic body, no such thing as “the body”; bodies are raced, gendered, and assisted differently in the world. I collected images of white business executives, and you hear the voices of African-American female singers—Aaliyah, Beyonce, Whitney Houston, Jennifer Hudson, and many others—all singing the phrase “my body.’ – Hannah Black

Rhea Storr, A Protest, A Celebration, A Mixed Message, 2018, 12 minutes, courtesy of the artist 
Celebration is protest at Leeds West Indian Carnival. A look at forms of authority, A Protest, A Celebration, A Mixed Message asks who is really performing. Following Mama Dread’s, a troupe whose carnival theme is Caribbean immigration to the UK, we are asked to consider the visibility of black bodies, particularly in rural spaces.

The films will be screened on a loop in our Basement during opening hours.

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