Sat 19 Aug 1.30 PM: Feminism and the Archive

FEMINISM AND THE ARCHIVE + panel discussion with Julia Wieger (co-director, Hauntings in the Archive! and co-founder, Secretariat for Ghosts, Archival Politics and Gaps (SKGAL) at the VBKÖ), Althea Greenan (curator, Women’s Art Library, Goldsmiths University), and Samia Malik (Women of Color Index reading group which explores the Goldsmiths Women’s Art Library catalogue to visibilise WoC artists’ work).

We will screen the European premiere of feature documentary Hauntings in the Archive!

This will be followed by a short talk by Selina Robertson (Birkbeck; Club des Femmes) on her research with the Rio Cinema’s 1980s–1990s feminist film curation archive.

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.

Credit: Women’s Media Resource Project 1988, Rio archive
Credit: Rio Women’s Cinema, Rio archive
Credit: Women’s Media Resource Project, Rio 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 (Birkbeck; 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.