QUEER FEMINIST EVENT
Wednesday 7th of March 2018 6pm-8:00pm
As a warm up to the International Women’s Day on the 8th of March we invite you to an evening of norm breaking family constellations, experimental films and freedom thirsting deer. To devote one day to the questioning of power structures and unequally distributed resources isn’t enough – why not let the 7th of March be dedicated to this as well! Let the evening be a build-up, a flying start or a continuation of something larger.
At 6.00pm Zafire Vrba will be presenting the work “Alltså nu har jag suttit och kollat på dig hela kvällen och jag lyckas inte riktigt placera dig.” [I’ve been watching you all evening, and I just can’t place you]. A sound art piece that consists of uncomfortable questions, statements, and situations that transpeople often have to confront or find themselves in. As well as the possible ways of finding a way out and to be able to talk back. Afterwards Zafire will talk about feminist solidarity and trans kinship.
At 6.45 PM, after a shorter break and introduction the following films will screen:
MAN, 12 min (2016) av Maja Borg
MAN is an expansion of gender and language, a journey of physical transformation through the wilderness of pregnancy echoed by the sole remaining recording of Virginia Woolf’s voice.
The film is a truly experimental expression of form – hand-processed super 8mm film combined with watercolour-negative animation; time lapses of a pregnancy shot frame by frame, day by day; bookended by a series of self-portraits where the filmmaker is satirising her own use of particular attire, generally read as masculine, becoming revelatory when posed in the context of the pregnant body.
MAN is distributed by Filmform. http://www.filmform.com/
Act On Instinct, 16 min (2013) by Elin Magnusson
Through pine groves and oat fields, amongst elk and woodland lakes – a deer is passing by with three small fawns on a leash. She has recently become a mother and is trying to adjust to her new role. She is nature, this is her land but still she can’t shake the feeling of a slowly growing panic and the emptiness of being an outsider.
Meanwhile, in a parallel world, we hear her thoughts about family norms, breeding and fear. What is the punishment for not loving your child? What happens if the biological clock never starts ticking and tells you that it’s time? Will I end up alone?
Spermwhore, 12 min (2016) by Anna Linder
A queer experimental film about unwanted childlessness in a world where normative heterosexual relationships dictate who can become parents and in what way. When it comes to reproduction our merciless bodies reduce us to merely a set sex or given gender. But the longing for children is not limited to our bodies, and the possibility of pregnancy can be gifted, shared and undertaken together.
The films are both in English and Swedish. Photo by Maja Borg from the film MAN.
At 7:30pm there will be a Q & A with Maja Borg, Elin Magnusson, Zafire Vrba and Jenny Richards, curator, Marabouparken. The questions will be asked in English.
Zafire Vrba (born 1980) is a Swedish-Czech artist and educator living in Stockholm, Sweden. Zafire’s practice includes pedagogy, performances, video, text, and workshops. Their work comments upon issues, such as, reproduction, desire, religion, feminism and trans-visibility. Zafire has a studio in Gamla Hagalund in Solna. Zafire Vrba is one of four people who run the self defense project SVAR PÅ TAL.
Maja Borg (born 1982, Norrköping) is an artist and film maker who also works as a film photographer and editor. Already at a young age Borg was filming and directing her own projects, mainly in her local vicinity. Today she works with film and art projects across the globe. Amongst other things her feature length film Future My Love has had major international distribution and was nominated to the 2012 Michael Powell Award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Elin Magnusson (born 1982) is an artist and film director educated at Konstack. Her work moves in the borderlands where culture clashes with nature and norms are questioned. She usually uses the forests and animals to tell stories about feminism, sexuality, body and space. Act on Instinct has been widely shown both internationally and nationally, now most recently at Museum De Domijnen, Sittard, Holland.
Anna Linder (born 1967) in Lapland, Sweden. She has worked in moving image art as an independent artist, curator and producer since early 1990s. Now based between Gothenburg and Stockholm. Her work has been selected for festivals and art exhibitions internationally. Films to mention are cum pane – the one you share your bread with, densen and 13 Related Sewing Machines.
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