Arts Catalyst hosts the second session in a new series of collaborative reading groups presented by Afterall, for which curator Lauren Houlton will lead a discussion of Afterall Journal article Disobedient Video in France in the 1970s: Video Production by Women’s Collectives.
To mark each new issue of the journal, Afterall is inviting a UK-based reading group to identify a text from the current issue and pair it with external readings and films. For issue 48 we will be collaborating with The Camera: Nous, an intermittent film club led by Houlton, for a collective reading of Stéphanie Jeanjean’s essay Disobedient Video in France in the 1970s: Video Production by Women’s Collectives. The reading group will take place at Arts Catalyst.
6.30 –7.30pm: film screening (55 minutes)
Grève des femmes à Troyes (Women's Strike in the City of Troyes, 1971) is a video shot at the Bessin and Salson hosiery factory in Troyes during the first strike by its female workers in 1971. After initially showing apprehension about speaking to camera, the workers discuss the threat of redundancy and their shrewd strike tactics, having outsmarted the factory management through a legal loophole and occupying the building in shifts 24 hours a day. Shot in real time by co-directors Cathy Bernheim, Ned Burgess, Catherine Deudon, Suzanne Fenn and Annette Levy-Willard, this interview captures the warmth, wit and determination of the women strikers on the picket line.
7:30pm: Short break followed by discussion.
Lauren Houlton is a curator and writer based in London. She programmes screenings as The Camera: Nous, an intermittent film club which has been held at Close-Up Film Centre. Her writing has been featured in Art Agenda, Art Monthly, MAP Magazine and DISPATCH. In 2017 she was awarded the Michael O'Pray Prize for new writing on moving image with Art Monthly and FVU. She works at Jerwood Arts where she develops exhibitions and projects with early-career artists.