An evening of film by artist Lis Rhodes
An evening devoted to the work of artist and filmmaker Lis Rhodes, on the occasion of the publication of the first collection of her writings, ‘Telling Invents Told’, by The Visible Press.
The screening at CAST spans four decades of Rhodes’ practice and will be introduced by María Palacios Cruz, Deputy Director of LUX Moving Image and Editor of ‘Telling Invents Told’.
Since the 1970s, artist Lis Rhodes has been making radical and experimental work that challenges dominant political and social narratives and the power structures of language. Her films and writing address urgent political issues – from the refugee crisis to workers’ rights, police brutality, racial discrimination and homelessness – as well as film history and theory, from a feminist perspective. A key figure in the development of the London Film-Makers’ Co-operative, Rhodes was also a founding member of Circles, the first British distributor of film, video and performance by women artists.
The programme includes screenings of: ‘Dresden Dynamo’, 1971-72, (5 minutes), possibly Rhodes’ most famous work, an experimental film made without a camera, with an audio composition created by printing images directly on the soundtrack area of the film; ‘A Cold Draft’ 1988, (30 minutes), in which drawings, negative landscapes and images of architecture are overlaid with the spoken narrative of a woman under surveillance; ‘Running Light’, 1996, (15 minutes), a work that investigates the enforced labour of migrant farmworkers, using footage originally taken by Rhodes and fellow filmmaker Mary Pat Leece in 1985 on a visit to West Virginia; ‘In the Kettle’, 2010-12, (21 minutes), which brings together images of protest and surveillance from London’s recent past.
Free admission, all welcome. CAST Café food from 6pm, something hot and something sweet from £7.50. The screening will begin at 7pm.