Artist Olivia Plender joins writer and filmmaker Ed Webb-Ingall to discuss Plender’s practice and ongoing research into the East London Federation of Suffragettes.
Using video and audio recordings as ‘triggers’ for discussion, Plender explores the women’s suffrage movement from a contemporary feminist perspective, inviting participation in a series of workshops with women’s groups across London. This event offers a window into her working practices as the project evolves in 2019.
Olivia Plender’s recent solo shows include Olivia Plender, Maureen Paley Gallery, London (2016); Many Maids Make Much Noise, ar/ge kunst, Bolzano (2015–16); Rise Early, Be Industrious, which toured to MK Gallery, Milton Keynes; Arnolfini, Bristol and Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow (all 2012). In 2010, she collaborated with Hester Reeve to reinstate the Emily Davison Lodge, initially founded in 1915 after the death of suffragette Emily Wilding Davison. In 2013, Plender and Reeve joined Emma Chambers to curate an exhibition of artworks by Sylvia Pankhurst at Tate Britain. In 2015, Sternberg Press published the monograph Olivia Plender: Rise Early, Be Industrious.
Ed Webb-Ingall is a writer and filmmaker working with archival materials and methodologies drawn from community video. He collaborates with groups to explore under-represented historical moments and their relationship to contemporary life, developing modes of self-representation specific to the subject or the experiences of the participants.
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