An evening of Born in Flames (1983) by Lizzie Borden, Between Bridges, Saturday 12th November 2016, 7pm
Introduction by Becca Albee and photocopies of feminist T-shirts from the Lesbian Herstory Archives.
Organised by Michael Amstad and Marte Eknæs.
The documentary-style feminist science fiction film Born in Flames by Lizzie Borden remains as prescient today as it was when it first came out in 1983. The film is set in New York City in an unspecified future, 10 years after a "Social Democratic War of Liberation." But the socialist policies prove to be as inflexible and bigoted as those in capitalist times. Anger builds up among women from all backgrounds as they continue to endure harassment and discrimination. They come together to form an army and plot a revolution within the revolution.
Becca Albee is a visual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Her work has been shown at 356 S. Mission Rd, Los Angeles; Art in General, New York; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Cleopatra's, New York & Berlin; ICA, Philadelphia. Albee is an Associate Professor of Photography at The City College of New York, CUNY. She will give an introduction to the film based on her first encounters with it in the 1990s. At the time Albee was active in a feminist punk music community in Olympia, Washington. As a member of the band Excuse 17, she released records on Chainsaw and Kill Rock Stars. Born in Flames was a source of influence in the context of feminist discourse, collaboration, non-traditional education, riot grrrl emergence, and activism.
For the front room Albee has invited Kelly Rakowski/h_e_r_s_t_o_r_y to select a collection of photocopies of feminist T-shirts from binders located at the Lesbian Herstory Archives in New York.