Extract 4 mins: HD Video
Written, produced and directed by Quilla Constance. Funded by Arts Council England.
Image courtesy of 198 Contemporary Arts, Quilla Constance solo exhibition 'PUKIJAM' - curated by Maria Kheirkhah.
'Pukijam is a video that requires the viewer to read and re-read, an act reminiscent of the ambivalence that was felt by cultural theorist Kobena Mercer in his seminal text ‘Welcome to the jungle’ and his re-reading of the work of Robert Mapplethorpe. Here the author talks of his ambivalent relationship to seeing Mapplethorpe’s work and then revisiting it some years later, only to see the images of erotic black males from a different viewpoint, where object fetishism wasn’t necessarily only to be read as a negative thing, without being able to read the bodies within their specific context and historic specificity. Jennifer Allen’s (aka Quilla Constance’s) Pukijam asks of the same from the viewer'
Dr Ope Lori (Pukijam conference transcript, Chelsea College of Arts, UAL, 2015)
Treatment for Six Characters
Director, Anne-Marie Creamer
extract: 4 minutes.
Overall: High Definition video - Colour. Total work is: 33 mins duration
Made in Rome
For the last 10-years of his life Italian writer Luigi Pirandello tried to make a visionary prologue to his infamous meta-play 'Six Characters in search of an Author'. He failed. 79 years after his death British artist Anne-Marie Creamer carries out his plans – using a recently discovered text & working in Rome’s oldest working theatre - then under political occupation - she approaches Pirandello’s film as ruin, exploring the imaginative possibilities of the absent film she portrays a fictionalized, ethically ambivalent creative process. The film was made with the support of the British School at Rome & Teatro Valle Occupato, amongst others.
Duration: 3min 50 sec
In Fernando's video work National Crisis, the viewer encounters a brutally straight, honest and beautiful imagery, where the voice is given from those who own their story and refuses to have their story shaped by the other. A work that questions today's Sweden and the exclusion created by racism and the lack of representation.
Currently exhibited at 3,5%, Our Voice Our Gaze, Sweden. Curated by Sarah Tawiah Svärd link
Spoken word narrative re-construction, Oral tradition
Duration: 3 minutes
Shot on iPhone
‘Ruins, societal memory, the dreams of communities long gone but still visible, grounded in matter.
A procession of sad youth celebrated by no one, lucidly forgetting lost dreams and old hopes.
The collective belief that the real good times are over, paving the way for a newly constructed truth of synthetic highs and well documented, historical, ancient, moss covered lows.’
Dogmas of apocalypse, faraday cage,
conspiracy theory, mythology,
trauma, the future, medieval fantasy,
midnight psychosis, archaeology,
Portrait, number 1 man (day clean ta sun down)
Extract: 3 min 18 second
Performance with rice and HD video (approx.13 hours), 2019
Cinematographer: Jon-Sesrie Goff
The performance follows the prolonged working hours of the enslaved people in coastal regions of the pre-Civil War South. In Scott’s own words: “From sun up until sun down, the body will hull and winnow rice grains, then place the hulled grains, one by one, on a tomb-like vessel lined with burlap until the weight and value of the vessel equals that of the body laboring to fill it. This rhythmic, inane process will communicate the transactional and the incalculable.”
Scott’s work addresses themes of race, economics, and sexuality, with a focus on the Black male experience.
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