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Body Politics and The Moving Image

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As body positivity has grown from its origins in the fat activist community to be inclusive of a number of marginalised identities, visibility and representation continue to be key. Bodies of colour, queer and trans bodies, larger fat bodies, bodies with disabilities and folks who overlap a number of these indicators, are still expected to fit within hegemonic ideals of greater society. Many artists have taken to making their own work to address the limitation of an industry that is missing the mark. This DIY approach is often the only way to gain the representation we seek.

This panel will discuss the impact that moving image has in body politics, the importance for those with lived experience to create screen time and expand the concept of diversity. Join artists exploring the notion of  radical representation and how these vital projects have lasting impact on our arts and film communities.

Please note: Unfortunately due to illness Bexx will no longer be appearing on this panel.

Image credit: Still from Nothing to Lose courtesy of Prudence Upton.

Catch the film upstairs in the cinema straight after the talk.

About the speakers

Kelli Jean Drinkwater is an interdisciplinary artist, filmmaker, performer and activist recognised for her voice in radical body politics. Her work uses the body as a site to explore themes of identity, queer and feminist theory and society’s obsession with perfection. Reoccurring themes are ideas of taking up space and how this reclamation can transform realities and re-imagine the potential of self and society. Recent film works include Monsta Gras as part of the Love Bites series for ABC iview that celebrated queer filmmakers and their stories. And Nothing to Lose a independent feature documentary exploring the lives.

Candy Bowers is a multidisciplinary writer, performer and filmmaker. The artistic director of Black Honey Company, Candy has pioneered a fierce genre of contemporary performance that delves into the heart of radical feminist dreaming, and earned her the 2018 Geoffrey Milne Award for outstanding contribution to Independent Theatre. Her work for stage includes Hot Brown Honey, Who's That Chik, Australian Booty, MC Platypus and One The Bear. She is currently working on her first screenplay for Arena Media, her first video art work for Campbelltown Arts Centre and her first graphic novel for young adults at The Wheeler Centre.

Sam Matthews is a director with a decade's experience in post-production. Her newest project Unboxed, a 6-part series about gender diverse artists, was launched on ABC iview in April 2018. Last year, she directed a video starring members of the South Australian trans community. We Are Visible 2017 was published on social media on International Transgender Day of Visibility, and reached an audience of 250,000 in four days.

Triana Hernandez is a Peruvian writer and music video director living in Melbourne. As a music video director her work uses magic realism techniques to draw attention to the political within the poetic and artistic. Her work often subverts old music video tropes and narratives and seeks to find new and empowering ways to celebrate women, people of colour and queer narratives.