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Hello all, here’s a video I’d really like to show everyone. I struggled a lot over the past 4 years about my role as an artist and what kind of impact I can possibly create with my work. Making of this video made me realise how my skills and resources can be used positively to give someone’s voice a platform to be heard. This will be shown in the exhibition at Central Saint Martins but I’m hoping to do a last push of publicity to encourage you all to come and join in my conversation zone to have a discussion about this.

Abdulhay and I met in May 2018 for a project in which we were both participants. On the first evening, we talked about war and violence and he shared with me his experiences. I thought about it for a few nights and offered:

“I have the filmmaking tools and skills, if there’s anything you’d like to say to the audience on British soil, let’s make a film.”

If he hadn’t told me he was from Syria I would not have known. In the making of the film I wanted to portray him in a way that was true and honest to how he presented himself to me. I wanted to show him as a person, with his own unique personality, character and love for his family, not that different from the rest of us.

In my subsequent research (many thanks to Mario Nicholas Hamad who’s doing a PHD on this war), I realised how severe the situation is and I am sad that this is all that I can do. Targeted military intervention is necessary to stop Assad’s airstrikes from killing more civilians. But for the British government to make that decision to get involved, public opinion is important. I hope this video provokes some thought and encourages more engagement in this issue.

Please, give some time and attention to this.

Thank you for reading, please help to share it!

 

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Staging Conversations

by Liz Kirk Channing and Fié Neo

Staging Conversations is the coming together of two languages; wearable art and movement.
A three year long collaboration and development, this project is a sharing of the conversations and connections of a growing and evolving friendship. It is an on going experiment of how experience can be communicated through contrasting creative art forms.
This section is on grieving and how the overwhelming sensation of loss can be comforted through this sharing and friendship.

#wewanttobethere

Do you live in your imagination? An altered reality away from what’s really happening in everyday life? We are advertising a reality that we want to be in. A collection if ideas from post-capitalism to global citizenship. We propose a more connected and caring community with individuals striving for purpose, meaning and wellbeing rather than their net worth. This film has participatory culture as its central tenet and proposes a future outside of capitalism. We all dream of different realities and there is no one path or one destination.
Project by Fié Neo and Alcinda Lee

Exhibited at Lethaby Gallery, London; 22 February – 11 March