Lis Rhodes: Telling Invents Told + María Palacios Cruz & guests

Image from Lis Rhodes' film 'Light Reading'
Lis Rhodes, 'Light Reading'

An evening of readings and screenings of films and texts by artist and filmmaker Lis Rhodes, occasioned by the publication of the first collection of her writings, Telling Invents Toldby The Visible Press.

Rhodes, an important figure at the London Film-Makers’ Co-operative and a founding member of feminist film and video network Circles, has been making radical and experimental work that challenges dominant power structures since the 1970s. Her writing addresses urgent political issues – from the refugee crisis to workers’ rights, police brutality, discrimination and homelessness – as well as film history and theory, from a feminist perspective.

With an introduction by the book’s editor, María Palacios Cruz, and readings by artist Kathryn Elkin and Irene Aristizábal, curator of the recent survey of Lis Rhodes’ work, Dissident Lines, at Nottingham Contemporary.

‘Whose history? It is hard to think of a question more central to our moment, or an artist who has posed it more insistently and urgently than Lis Rhodes. Her films comprise one of the most radical rethinkings of experimental film and politics of the last fifty years; they are like flashbulbs, exposing the physiognomies of power in the cracks of everyday experience.’ —Mike Sperlinger

Thursday 12 December 2019
Book tickets
£6 / £4

About the contributors

Lis Rhodes is a major figure in the history of artists’ filmmaking in Britain and was a leading member of the influential London Filmmakers’ Co-op. She currently lives and works in London, where an exhibition of her career, Lis Rhodes: Dissonance and Disturbance, was held at the ICA from January to March 2012. A recent major survey exhibition at Nottingham Contemporary, Dissident Lines, included the commission of a new work, Ambiguous Journeys.

María Palacios Cruz is a curator, writer, and lecturer on avant-garde cinema and the moving image. Currently deputy director of LUX, London, an organization that supports artists’ moving-image practices, she was formerly the director of the Courtisane festival in Ghent, Belgium. She has curated screenings, events, and exhibitions for numerous festivals and institutions, including Tate Britain (London), Union Docs (New York), Cinematek (Brussels), Impakt (Utrecht), WIELS (Brussels), Centre Pompidou (Paris) and M HKA (Antwerp). She is the cofounder of The Visible Press, a London-based imprint for books on cinema and writings by filmmakers and writes regularly on artists’ moving image, with recent texts on Laida Lertxundi, Manon de Boer, Jennifer West and Basma Alsharif.

Kathryn Elkin is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art and Goldsmiths College, and former LUX Associate Artist. She is currently based in Berwick upon Tweed. Her performance and video works concern role-playing and improvising, alongside experiments with the outtake and clowning on set. She has an ongoing interest in shared cultural memory (as produced by popular music, television and cinema) and the melding of this information to biographical memory. Elkin was a participant in the BBC project Artists in the Archive in 2014, and completed a solo exhibition at CCA Glasgow titled ‘Television’ in 2016. She has shown work throughout the UK, including ICA, Tate Modern, Collective Gallery, Transmission, S1 and CCA Derry. She has screened works at London Film Festival and Union Docs, New York and will show an overview of work at Courtisane Festival in Ghent, April 2017. She is the recipient of the 2017 Warwick Stafford Fellowship at Northumbria University and teaches part-time at Liverpool John Moores University.

Irene Aristizábal is the Head of Curatorial and Public Practice at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead. She is co-curator of the British Art Show 9, alongside Hammad Nasar which opens in Manchester in 2020, and tours to Wolverhampton, Aberdeen and Plymouth. Irene worked as Head of Exhibitions at Nottingham Contemporary since 2013, where she curated exhibitions and commissioned projects by Lis Rhodes, Pia Camil, Steffani Jemison, Otobong Nkanga, Simon Starling, Michael Beutler, Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz, Sun Ra, Rana Hamadeh, Danai Anesiadou, Danh Võ, Carol Rama and Asco. She was curator at the FRAC Nord Pas de Calais, Dunkirk in 2010–11, and co-director of the not-for-profit space Bétonsalon in Paris (2005-06). She has also curated exhibitions at the Fundació Miró, Barcelona; Maison Rouge, Paris; Form Content, London and the Museum of Health Sciences, Bogota.


Ambiguous Journeys

Lis Rhodes

United Kingdom
Video, colour, sound

Hang on a Minute (Goose and Common & No. 8 Bus)

Lis Rhodes

1983 - 85
1'23 & 2'38
16mm transferred to video, colour, sound

Light Reading

Lis Rhodes

16mm transferred to video, colour, sound