19.30 -19.50: Kill Fear (Veronica Lahitte, 2013) 22’mins
19.50- 20.00: Fem (Cambell X, 2007) 9’mins
Kill Fear is the document of a performance by Verónica Lahitte with Diásporas críticas. It was conceived as a means of activating an archive of feminist and decolonial manifestos and speeches: six people read a selection of poetic-political texts from balconies at three strategic points in the Raval neighbourhood, Barcelona, where recent acts of censorship, assassination and racial and sexual surveillance have taken place.
The purpose was to build – through a poetic-political act – a relation of solidarity between artists, cultural agents and local residents in a gesture of resistance to intensified police violence. Performers were Nadia Granados [La Fulminante], Kika Villalòn Casellas, Aimar Pérez Galí, Helen Torres, Diana Moreno and Pedro Costa.
Fem (2007, 9mins) explores the power of the femme lesbian who is attracted to masculine women. By simultaneously being feminine and queer and choosing masculine women as objects of desire she goes against normalising lesbian and heterosexual cultures. Fem is experimental, lyrical and poetic. It uses powerful images of femininity from ancient mythology and popular cinematic culture. The film subverts these dominant images with a voice over butch narration by Peggy Shaw of Split Britches. Fem creates a ‘butch gaze’ while paying homage to this type of lesbian. It also validates femmes’ role in lesbian culture which would rather she remained invisible and sidelined. Fem was filmed on 16mm, Super 8 and miniDV. It features performance artists La Bird, Maria Mojo, Killpussy, Josephine Wilson, Lois Weaver and actress Deni Francis.
Please see the workshops page for information about an evening workshop with Diásporas Críticas to be held on the 30th June 2015.