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monday 22 october 2018 | 19:30 screening

locatie: OFFoff


Babette Mangolte
The Sky On Location US, 1982, 77', 16mm

Charlotte Prodger
LHB UK, 2017, 20', digital

The Sky on Location explores the concept of wilderness that was unknown to me when I was raised in France. The film attempts to construct a kind of geography of the land from North to South, East to West and season-to-season trough colors instead of maps. While shooting I wanted to establish the mood of the landscape as in a Turner painting. And as viewers of the film we discover how much what we see is conditioned by what we already know. (B.M.)

LHB has marked the beginning of an open-ended period of research into an idea of ‘queer rurality'; how queer lives are lived beyond the densely-populated urban contexts that generally dominate LBGTQI narratives, and what happens to the contingent coded signifiers of queer bodies within wildernesses. Throughout LHB Prodger recounts her fixation with the Pacific Crest Trail; a 6-month, 2,663 mile long hiking path stretching from the border of Mexico to the border of Canada that traverses some of the most uninhabited wilderness in the US. Simultaneously, she repurposes the Northumberland flag - which marks the turbulent and patriarchal history involving territory, borders and identity of England's most sparsely populated region - as a rectilinear framing device for her footage. Prodger uses this formal template to tessellate a personal camera-phone archive she has accumulated of urinating in various rural landscapes - an intimate queer territoriality outwith the gender-delineated spaces within which bodies are and are not allowed to piss. Fluctuating between the macro of geopolitical land use and the micro of the personal-political body, LHB continues Prodger's ongoing exploration into the complex relationships between bodies, identity, technology and time. (LUX)



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