The Showroom

Cinenova: Now Showing

Alex Martinis Roe, Helen Grace and Margot Nash
Wednesday 24 May 2017
Tickets £4/2+booking fee - tickets available here


For the May Cinenova event, artist Alex Martinis Roe has chosen to screen Helen Grace's 'Serious Undertakings' (Australia, 1983, 28mins) and Margot Nash's 'Shadow Panic' (Australia, 1989, 26mins), alongside a selection of her own films from her current exhibition at The Showroom To Become Two.

Helen Grace's film 'Serious Undertakings' uses montage techniques to explore culture, language, politics and identity. Using images of child care and terror, and the recurring motif of a pram, Grace references scenes of motherhood, industrialism, and Eisenstein's BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN.

Margot Nash's 'Shadow Panic' portrays a feast of vivid images and interrelated stories in her film about internal and external states of emergency, personal and collective 'shadows' (pasts, memories and conditioned stereotypes), and resistance and spirit. This mildly surreal film revolves around three women representing different aspects of one character - The Investigator, The Hothead and The Dreamer - moving through a separate but interconnected world set against a background of villainous male extras.

Alongside these, Alex Martinis Roe will share specific films from her installation at The Showroom To Become Two, that stems from her ongoing engagement with international feminist communities and their political practices.

This event coincides with Alex Martinis Roe's exhibition at The Showroom To Become Two (26 April – 10 June 2017)

Cinenova: Now Showing began in March 2015 and runs monthly. The series intends to materialise relationships between contemporary artist moving image practice and the feminist and organising legacies present in the Cinenova collection. Now Showing future invited protagonists include: Jamie Crewe, Letitia Beatriz, Ayesha Hamid, Olivia Plender, Charlotte Prodger and more to be announced. Past events have been with Noski Deville and Patrick Staff; Kari Roberts and Judith Barry; Nooshin Farhid and Lis Rhodes; Rehana Zaman and Lai Ngan Walsh & the Law Collective; Lucy Clout, Tracey Moffatt and Susan Stein; Cara Tolmie, Kimberley O'Neill and France-Lise McGurn, Judith Barry and Ruth Novaczek; Justice for Domestic Workers and Leeds Animation Co-op; Claire Hope and Judith Barry; Lucy Parker and Adriana Monti; Kate Davis, Margaret Salmon and Sheffield Film Co-op; Richard John Jones and Karen Everett; Grace Schwindt and Kim Longinotto.

Image credit: Alex Martinis Roe, It Was About Opening The Very Notion That There Was A Particular Perspective, video still of Lorraine home movie footage, 16mm transferred to digital, courtesy of Margot Nash, 2015-2017.

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