EWVA European Women's Video Art


Self/portraits: Relating Narratives

Friday 9 December 2016, 17.30- 20.30

Visual Research Centre, centrespace

Dundee Contemporary Arts

Video Screening: Self/Portraits: Relating Narratives


Curated by Laura Leuzzi, Giulia Casalini and Diana Georgiou.

With the participation of the artists Cinzia Cremona, Lydia Schouten and Elaine Shemilt. Readings by Diana Georgiou.

Video support by Adam Lockhart.


Self/Portraits: Relating Narratives is the sequel to the performative screening Autoritratti which took place at the Showroom Gallery (London) in 2015.


This screening weaves together the visual narratives of 12 international women artists or collectives who have worked around questions of identity and self-determination, often in confrontation to their respective social and political contexts. Employing real and interpreted voices, lyrics and unorthodox visual techniques, their works address female sexuality, motherhood, ecology and violence.


Self/Portraits: Relating Narratives employs varied methodological tools, including dialogue, autobiography, cross-genre and fragmented narratives. This curatorial approach is inspired by two Italian feminist authors who located everyday narratives and exchanges at the heart of their philosophical and political strategies. The radical thinker Carla Lonzi and her book Autoritratto [Self-portrait] (1969), offered an unprecedented montage of different artists’ interviews recomposed by the author in a continuous flux, a convivial conversation, and most significantly, as a personal portrait carved out of relations between artists and their critics. It also refers to feminist philosopher Adriana Cavarero’s book Relating Narratives: Storytelling and Selfhood (2000), where an exploration of identity is framed as the desire to hear one’s story narrated by an other.


Videos on show: Pilar Albarracin, Furor Latino, 2003; Cinzia Cremona, The Other Person, 2010; Catherine Elwes, There is a Myth, 1984; Francesca Fini, Cry Me, 2009; Antonie Frank Grahamsdaughter, Transit, 1986; Sigalit Landau, Barbed Hula, 2000; Tamara Krikorian, Vanitas (1977); Muda Mathis & Pipilotti Rist, Japsen, 1988; Lydia Schouten, Romeo is bleeding, 1982; Elaine Shemilt, Women Soldiers, 1984; Annegret Soltau, Schwanger-sein II: phase three, 1978/80.


Doors open at 5.30 PM. Screening starts at 6.00 PM.

Followed by a Q&A with artists Cinzia Cremona, Lydia Schouten and Elaine Shemilt, and Laura Leuzzi. Moderated by Giulia Casalini and Diana Georgiou.


Self/Portraits: Relating Narratives is part of the AHRC funded research project ‘EWVA European Women’s Video Art in the 70s and 80s’, based at DJCAD, University of Dundee. For more information please visit: www.ewva.ac.uk


Centrespace is in the Visual Research Centre, DJCAD located on Level 2 of Dundee Contemporary Arts, 152 Nethergate, Dundee, DD1 4DY



Image Credits: Lydia Schouten, Annegret Soltau, Francesca Fini, Catherine Elwes, Elaine Shemilt, Tamara Krikorian, Cinzia Cremona, Antonie Frank Grahamsdaughter, Muda Mathis & Pipilotti Rist.


Documentation photographs by Simone Liuzzi

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