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<p>Faint, 2012, video, 4 mins.<br />
Faint is a single channel video in which the gesture of 'fainting' is used to embody the impossibility of holding an upright portrait of history. A story is told of the artist's grandfather, who, whilst being shot at in a line-up in The Second World War, fainted so the bullet didn't hit him.  Documentary footage of his current day life is intercut with studio footage of the artist making repeated efforts to faint, highlighting the discontinuities and blood-links that make such retellings possible.</p>

Faint, 2012, video, 4 mins.
Faint is a single channel video in which the gesture of 'fainting' is used to embody the impossibility of holding an upright portrait of history. A story is told of the artist's grandfather, who, whilst being shot at in a line-up in The Second World War, fainted so the bullet didn't hit him. Documentary footage of his current day life is intercut with studio footage of the artist making repeated efforts to faint, highlighting the discontinuities and blood-links that make such retellings possible.

<p>You Can Try But You'll Never Be My Mother,  video, 5 mins.<br />
You Can Try But You'll Never Be My Mother is a crooked story of contemporary motherhood. In the film, seven women retell a fictitious experience of parental trauma, alongside their own accounts of motherhood. Their narratives have been edited to form a multi-layered montage, a dissonant chorus. As with the oral mode of storytelling, inaccuracies happen, emotions distort, each telling absorbs its teller.</p>

You Can Try But You'll Never Be My Mother, video, 5 mins.
You Can Try But You'll Never Be My Mother is a crooked story of contemporary motherhood. In the film, seven women retell a fictitious experience of parental trauma, alongside their own accounts of motherhood. Their narratives have been edited to form a multi-layered montage, a dissonant chorus. As with the oral mode of storytelling, inaccuracies happen, emotions distort, each telling absorbs its teller.

<p>Chamber Voice,  video, 7 mins.<br />
Chamber Voice interplays between documentary and melodrama, highlighting the voice as the location of truth.</p>

Chamber Voice, video, 7 mins.
Chamber Voice interplays between documentary and melodrama, highlighting the voice as the location of truth.

<p>I Can't See The Whites Of Your Eyes,  video, 4 mins.<br />
I Can't See The Whites Of Your Eyes borrows from human-animal relationships, using the rear as its focus of intimacy.  A rhythmic duet is voiced over two rear profiles.</p>

I Can't See The Whites Of Your Eyes, video, 4 mins.
I Can't See The Whites Of Your Eyes borrows from human-animal relationships, using the rear as its focus of intimacy. A rhythmic duet is voiced over two rear profiles.

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