This session will explore feminist herstories through the archive. Selina Robertson will talk about her research with the Rio Cinema’s 1980s–1990s feminist film curation archive. This will be followed by the European premiere of feature documentary Hauntings in the Archive!
Desperately seeking …! Mapping the history of intersectional feminist film curatorial collectives at the Rio 1980s–1990s
Throughout the 1980s–1990s, the Rio Cinema hosted and supported a variety of intersectional feminist collective curatorial activity; a history of women and film that is held in the Rio’s archive. This archive not only stores vital information about how London’s feminist curatorial and programming practices shaped audiences and the circulation of cultural and alternative moving image practices, but also fascinating clues about the cultural memory of the feminist communities, collectives, and activists who through collective cultural resistance came to shape this marginalised history. Join Selina Robertson (Club des Femmes) for an illustrated 15-minute talk about this little-known period in the history of cultural film exhibition in London, a history that connects the London Feminist Film Festival with her sisters from the past.
Spuken im Archiv (Hauntings in the Archive!) EUROPEAN PREMIERE
Directors: Nina Hoechtl and Julia Wieger / 2017 / Austria / Rating: 12 / 72 mins / English and German with subtitles
Hauntings in the Archive! reflects on and exposes the his/herstory/ies of the Austrian Association of Women Artists (VBKÖ) through its century-old archive of letters, photos, catalogues and thousands of other documents. The Secretariat for Ghosts, Archive Politics and Gaps curates the material to conjure up the spectres of the multiple lives of the VBKÖ that meet and share the scene in the film: ghosts of national socialism encounter colonial fantasies and old and new feminist agencies.