Adam Benmakhlouf presents: each person houses parts of others
Sun 24 Nov 2019 / 7.30pm
each person houses parts of others, curated by artist, writer and educator, Adam Benmakhlouf, is intended to provide empowering historical and international contexts for communities facing the effects of a UK-wide shortage of social and affordable housing. The selected filmmakers sensitively and experimentally document alternative ways of living together, and legacies of community-led responses to housing crises in Glasgow and Milton Keynes, as well as contemporary grassroots groups.
In Rosalind Nashashibi’s Hreash House, a warm and candid record is made of “one family as an entire community” in a concrete block shared by an extended Palestinian family. Also taking place in part in a home-setting, Winnie Herbstein’s Minutes combines footage of an independent feminist welder’s collective, who are also the actors in some improvised reconstructions of Take Root meetings, a 90s self-organised womens’ housing provider. Similarly, Ed Webb-Ingall’s Community, Land, Trust parallels contemporary and historical efforts by local groups in Milton Keynes to create not-for-profit, affordable homes. His film closely follows the methodologies of community video production, modelled on Channel 40 – a 70s local television network designed to enhance civic engagement.
Sharing a commitment to thorough research and observation, the films each provide different forms of insight into the radical and far-reaching potential of locally-based political action.
Rosalind Nashishibi, Hreash House, 2004. SD Video, 20 min
Winnie Herbstein, Minutes, 2019. SD Video, 12 min 30 sec
Ed Webb-Ingall, Community, Land, Trust. 2019. HD Video, 36 min 39 sec
This screening will be introduced by Adam Benmakhlouf.