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Trapped in language

25 September 2016 at 14.00–16.15

Alia Syed, Fatima’s Letter, 1992, film still. Courtesy the artist and LUX

A series of films challenging the power dynamics inscribed in language

The films in this programme expose the limitations of verbal language and its role in perpetuating the ideologies of those in power. Some of them reveal and destabilise the gender and racial positions firmly inscribed in the structures and conventions of language; others question its communicative boundaries, raising issues of linguistic and cultural translations. All of them develop film languages – including the use of multi-screen projections – that embrace disjunctions, frictions and mistranslations as a way of expressing the frustration of incommunicability or giving voice to suppressed meanings.

Programme

Susan Stein, G, UK, 1979, 16mm, black and white, sound, 6 min 

Lis Rhodes, Light Reading, UK, 1978, 16mm, black and white, sound, 20 min 

Alia Syed, Fatima’s Letter, UK, 1992, 16mm, black and white, sound, 21 min 

Anna Thew, Berlin Meine Augen, UK, 1982, Super 8 transferred to digital, double screen, colour, sound, 23 min 

Anna Thew, Blurt, UK, 1983/2016, 16mm transferred to digital, double screen with video, Super 8 and live elements, colour and black and white, sound, 12-15 min 

The screening is followed by a discussion with Susan Stein, Alia Syed and Anna Thew, moderated by Lucy Reynolds, lecturer, artist and curator in artists’ moving image. 

Supported by LUMA Foundation, FLUXUS and LUX.

Anna Thew, Berlin Meine Augen 1982, film still. Courtesy the artist and FLUX

Anna Thew, Berlin Meine Augen 1982, film still. Courtesy the artist and FLUX

Venue

Starr Cinema

Tate Modern
Bankside
London SE1 9TG
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Date & Time

25 September 2016 at 14.00–16.15