Sisterhood is Powerful: Feminist Film Exhibition
31 August, 5 - 11 pm
The Boys' Club, 68 Boleyn Road
Dalston, London N16 8JG
Free admission. Donations very welcome.
Sisterhood is Powerful will bring you breast-casting, pioneering lesbian cinema, vaginal extractions, second, third and pre-wave feminists, progressive nuns, wise women, cunt art, the miracle of birth, the sacred matrix, caves, incantations and vision.
This evening celebrates the daring and power of women who used their art, body, beliefs, sexuality and wisdom to tell their truths and instigate change. Using the power of film, performance and music, the exhibition brings different stories together, creating linkages across continents and centuries, across the screen into a shared space.
Named after the influential 1970 anthology of the early second feminist wave, Sisterhood is Powerful is curated in the spirit of feminist activism and explores traditions of political, religious, tactile and maternal relationality between women.
With works spanning from the 1970s until the present day, telling stories from the 11th to the 21st century, Sisterhood is Powerful presents Western feminist film history both through contemporary recounting of the past and historical film production itself.
Combining cinema-style screenings and video installation, this provocative exhibition will include feature and short films by Margarethe von Trotta (Vision - From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen), Joan Braderman (The Heretics), pioneer of lesbian cinema Barbara Hammer (Dyketactics), UK artist filmmaker Sarah Pucill (Milk and Glass), legendary performance artist Carolee Schneeman, live music, participatory installations and more.
The programme is made up of two parts. You are welcome to attend either or both.
6.00 In Honour and Awe of the Women’s Art Movement
With Barbara Hammer’s pioneer lesbian cinema and Joan Braderman’s Heretics: an inside story of the New York feminist art collective that produced “Heresies: A Feminist Publication on Art and Politics” (1977-92). Joan Braderman joined the group in 1975 as an aspiring filmmaker and reconnects with 24 group members worldwide to reveal a woman-centred collective history that challenges the very notions of gender and power over the last four decades.
Followed by a ceremonial, celebratory break with cake and castings.
With Carolee Schneemann’s discourse on the body, sexuality, and gender. The history of her work is characterized by research into archaic visual traditions, pleasure wrested from suppressive taboos, the body of the artist in dynamic relationship with the social body.
Margarethe von Trotta, foremost feminist filmmaker and prominent director of New German Cinema, brings the story of Hildegard von Bingen: a 12th century mystic, composer, philosopher, poet, scientist, physician, herbalist and feminist. Vision shows Hildegard’s fierce determination for women’s independence as she travelled, undaunted by traditional gender conventions, to kings and popes and became a visionary founder of all-female autonomous convents. It also portrays her love for Sister Richardis von Stade: a devoted and deeply amorous relationality for which we no longer have a name.
Followed by a celestial vocal performance.