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Join us for an illustrated talk and discussion with the fabulous So Mayer, around their recently published short book, A Nazi Word for a Nazi Thing (2020). Framed by a rare screening of Barbara Hammer’s recently restored Nitrate Kisses (1992), we’ll be discussing questions around archiving, erasure, queer/feminist politics and cinema! The format will be an illustrated talk with So, followed by a discussion moderated by Camilla Baier and Rachel Pronger from Invisible Women, and open to questions and responses from the audience.
A Nazi Word… explores queer art and cinema in juxtaposition to the historical erasure enacted by the Nazis through the infamous 1937 art exhibition, Entartete ‘Kunst’ (Degenerate ‘Art’), that sought to appropriate and erase the cultural output of minorities. It’s is a lively and exhilarating critique of the power and politics of moving images – particularly in relation to the dynamics of conflict, crisis and emergency that have striking contemporary relevance – and a beautiful, speculative anarchive of queer film history.
- Nitrate Kisses screens throughout the week, 25-31 January
- Nitrate Kisses | Reading the Anarchive with So Mayer, Sunday 31 January, 3pm on Zoom
Resource: Check out Already Bedfellows: A Long Interview with So Mayer, by Will Forrester at Pen Transmissions.
Supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network, and funded by Screen Scotland and National Lottery funding from the BFI.
So Mayer is the author of jacked a kaddish (Litmus, 2018), Political Animals: The New Feminist Cinema (IB Tauris, 2015) and (O) (Arc, 2015). They contributed an essay in Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture, edited by Roxane Gay (Allen & Unwin, 2018) and the introduction to Spells: 21st Century Occult Poetry, edited by Sarah Shin and Rebecca Tamás (Ignota, 2018). So is a bookseller at Burley Fisher, a curator with queer feminist film collective Club des Femmes, and co-founder of Raising Films, a campaign and community for parents and carers in the film industry.
Invisible Women is an archive activist film collective which champions the work of female filmmakers from the history of cinema
Founded in 2017 by Camilla Baier and Rachel Pronger, Invisible Women have presented titles sourced from collections around the world at cinemas, festivals and galleries across the UK. Alongside curating screenings, they publish original writing and criticism, and in 2018 presented their research at the EYE Annual Conference in Amsterdam. They also regularly participate in Q&As and panels, host education workshops and send out a monthly newsletter (sign up at invisible-women.co.uk).
Selina Robertson set up Club des Femmes, a queer feminist film curatorial collective in 2007 with Sarah Wood. She works as a film programmer and writer. She is currently researching a PhD at Birkbeck on the cultural history of London’s feminist film exhibition practices in the 1980s. (please note Selina can no longer join us on the night, due to unforseen circumstances)