In the words of Beech’s new film Me and Mine, empathy – the compassionate attempt to see the world through another’s eyes – is also ‘a kind of penetration, a travelling’. Loosely based on real events, Beech constructs an interpersonal drama that explores how so-called feminine ‘virtues’ such as empathy and relationality have been used to rebrand historically male dominated professions.
Concerned with the ways in which women construct and sustain communities, the film follows a female under taker as she negotiates her way through the changing landscape of the funeral business, as well as her experience as a woman among women.
Dying is not the end of life, but a catalyst for its ceaseless reorganization or renewal.
Lucy Beech (born 1985) lives and works in London. Recent and forthcoming presentations of her work include:Frieze Live, Frieze (London); James Fuentes Gallery (New York); Lisson Gallery (London) and the Harris Museum and Art Gallery (Preston). Her work has been included in group exhibitions and screenings at the ICA (London); Chisenhale Gallery (London); GAK (Bremen, Germany) and V22 (London). Beech will be part of Selected Vpresented by Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network and videoclub, a screening programme touring throughout 2015 to venues including the CCA (Glasgow), CIRCA (Newcastle), Fabrica (Brighton), Whitechapel Gallery (London) and Nottingham Contemporary.
Recent presentations of her work include Tate Britain and the Jarman Selected 5 touring screening including Whitechapel, London and Nottingham Contemporary.
Film and Video Umbrella, with the support of Harris Museum & Art Gallery, The Tetley, The Fenton Arts Trust, The Elephant Trust and University of East London, School of Arts and Digital Industries. With thanks to Open School East.