The Separate System (2017) is a single channel cinematic film, investigating the distinct, yet interconnected, spaces of the military, custody and ‘civilian’ life. This new collaborative commission is produced by veterans through workshops at HMP Liverpool and HMP Altcourse with artist and Spike Island studio holder Katie Davies and FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology.)
Join us for a screening of The Separate System with an introduction by the artist Katie Davies.
The exact number of former Armed Forces personnel in prison in Britain is at present unknown and figures are widely contested, but it is believed that the number represents ‘a significant subset of the adult male prison population and by occupation, potentially the largest’ (Howard League for Penal Reform (2011) Report of the Inquiry into Former Armed Service Personnel in Prison). With a move to now better recognise and support veterans within the criminal justice system, what does this identification mean for the individuals themselves?
Katie Davies (b.1979) is a Royal West of England Academician and was nominated for the 2016 Paul Hamlyn Award. She has exhibited nationally and internationally including Oberhausen International Film Festival (2017), Sarajevo Film Festival (2015), Border Visions, Connecticut, US (2012) and the Istanbul Biennial (2009). She has contributed to several publications and her writing on practice-led research has been included in US and British publications. Her videos and installations explore the construction of identities, their reflections and manipulations. Issues of nationalism, violence and democracy form a central critique, focusing on individuals and communities whose identities are dictated by the state; their agency to self-identify snared between political agendas and sovereign violence. Davies is Academic Course Leader in Fine Art at The University of Gloucestershire.