Screening and discussion
with artist Stina Wirfelt
11th March | 4:00 pm
Stina Wirfelt, Rolls and Shutters, 2016 (17mins)
John Smith, Hotel Diaries #6 Dirty Pictures, 2007 (14 mins)
Filipa César, Cacheu, 2012 (10mins)
Please join us for a screening of Stina Wirfelt’s short film Rolls and Shutters, a personal and poignant meditation on the ways we respond to documentary photography and to events, moments, places and gestures captured as image.
Wirfelt’s film takes as its starting point the photographic archives of the Thistle Foundation and Craigmillar Festival Society: ‘Pictures of a community doing stuff,’ as Wirfelt, as the film’s narrator, tells us. From black and white b&w images of Craigmillar children and royal visits to a local community centre, she elaborates something of an arc that includes reflections on her own memories of both making and reading images and the impact of a radio discussion of the shocking image of refuge Alan Kurdi published in the press in 2016. Wirfelt’s narration seamlessly moves from the local and observational to more distant and often tragic circumstances, and as the film progresses, we understand that these constitute an emotional continuum for Wirfelt. In a disarmingly conversational way, she brings them to a finely judged point of connection.
The artist will introduce Rolls and Shutters, and has chosen to screen two additional short films by John Smith and Filipa César, which equally achieve the same fine judgment between personal or performed circumstance, observation and incident, and the broader narratives that draw us towards notions of nationhood and history.
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STINA WIRFELT was born in Sweden and graduated from Malmö Art Academy in 2007. She is based in Scotland and teaches at Edinburgh College of Art.
JOHN SMITH lives and works in London and currently teaches part-time at the University of East London where he is Professor of Fine Art. His work is held in numerous public collections including Arts Council England, Tate, Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, Kunstmuseum Magdeburg, Wolverhampton Art Gallery and Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, and is distributed by LUX, London, Video Data Bank, Chicago and Light Cone, Paris.
FILIPA CÉSAR was born in Porto, in Portugal in 1975. She currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany.