Images Festival is pleased to present Struggle to Win, a shorts program curated by Artistic Director Steffanie Ling, at the Art Gallery of Hamilton as part of the AGH Film Festival. This screening is co-presented with the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre.
Monday, October 21, 7pm — ELECTION DAY!
AGH Joey & Toby Tanenbaum Pavilion
123 King Street West
"Yesterday I dared to struggle. Today I dare to win.” — Bernadette Devlin
Struggle to Win is a program that focuses on women-led community organizing through from the present day gentrification of Brooklyn, to a South London community fighting for tenants voting rights in the late 80’s, concluding with a portrait of a 21-year old Northern Irish civil rights activist during a period of ethno-nationalist conflict in the 70’s.
Amanda Katz’s Community Room (2018) gently sets the stage. Shot on 16mm, the detached cinematic survey of an empty so-called “community room” at the bottom of a new condominium starkly contrasts the embodied resistance depicted in Ayo Akinbgade’s Street 66, and Duncan Campbell’s Bernadette.
Street 66 (2018) portrays the campaign of Ghanian housing activist Dora Boatemah (1957-2001) for community control over the redevelopment of her housing estate, Angell Town, in resistance to the controversial 1988 Housing Bill.
Duncan Campbell’s Bernadette (2008) follows Bernadette Devlin as she is elected to the House of Commons, takes her seat on the eve of her twenty-second birthday, and later punches the Home Secretary after being silenced in Parliament during a discussion of Bloody Sunday.
Against the systemic violence of inert bureaucracies that inform the direct violence of civil unrest, the works in this program offer visions of past and present struggles and victories that protect the futures through the uncompromising organizing of these women.
Bernadette (2008), 37MIN, English
Duncan Campbell (Glasgow)
Community Room (2018), 5MIN, no dialogue
Amanda Katz (US)
Street 66 (2018), 13MIN, English
Ayo Akingbade (UK)
Ayo Akingbade is an artist and film director based in London. Her 2016 film Tower XYZ received a Special Mention Award at International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and won the inaugural Sonja Savić Award at Alternative Film/Video Festival (Belgrade). Akingbade's films Tower XYZ (2016), Street 66 (2018), and Dear Babylon (2019) comprise the social housing trilogy entitled No News Today. She is a recipient of the Sundance Ignite Fellowship and exhibited in 'New Contemporaries'. Akingbade is a graduate of London College of Communication and is currently studying at Royal Academy Schools.
Duncan Campbell (born 1972 in Dublin) received a BA from the University of Ulster in 1996 and an MFA from The Glasgow School of Art in 1998. Recent solo exhibitions include the self-titled show at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh in 2012; Arbeit at Hotel, London in 2011; and Make It New John, which was staged in 2009–11 at London’s Chisenhale Gallery, Glasgow’s Tramway, Sligo’s The Model, Belfast Exposed, and New York’s Artists Space. Campbell also participated in the British Art Show 7, which toured venues in Nottingham, London, Glasgow and Plymouth in 2010–11. In 2013 he participated in Scotland + Venice at the 55th Venice Biennale. He has been nominated for the 2014 Turner Prize. He lives and works in Glasgow.
Amanda Katz is a filmmaker drawing upon documentary, experimental, and performative modes to explore the intersection of the public and private, paying special attention to the way the built environment.
Image: Duncan Campbell, Bernadette, 2008.