TO BE DESTROYED
May 12, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
LCC, Podium Lecture TheatreLondon, SE1 6SB
A film by Ahmed Ateyya. Screening and In Conversation
Sara Davidmann in conversation with Marcus Dickey Horley, Curator of Access and Special Projects, Tate Modern and Tate Britain. Sara and Marcus will discuss Ahmed Ateyya’s film about Sara’s project Ken. To be Destroyed, which will be screened before the in conversation.
"It was a family secret that Sara Davidmann’s uncle Ken (K) was trans*. The family attempted to erase this from history and the family photograph album depicts K as male.
The title for the project was taken from the writing on an envelope that Davidmann found in her mother’s possessions. It was found with another large envelope and a brown paper bag – all of which contained letters and documents about K, spanning a 50-year period (1953 – 2003). The letters brought to life how little was known about trans* people in the 1950s and the difficulties that K faced trying to reconcile being trans* with her relationship with her wife, Hazel, and society. Nevertheless, K and Hazel were able to re-negotiate their marriage to encompass K being trans*. They lived together for the entirety of their lives and after death they were buried side by side."
Sara Davidmann, 2014.
Ken. To be Destroyed will be shown at the Schwules Museum, Berlin in 2016 and will be published by Schilt. A PARC project in partnership with the artist. Support from the London College of Communication gratefully acknowledged.
To Be Destroyed
Running time 19 minutes
Director: Ahmed Ateyya
Producer: Karim El Shenawy
Cinematographer: Claudia Rocha
Original Score: Andrea Boccadoro, Maria Sianio
Sound Mixing: Juraj Rusek
In association with the UAL Gender and Sexuality Research Forum and UAL Communities of Practice.
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Find out more about Sara at: www.saradavidmann.com