A retrospective of the film work of Erin M McCuskey (AUS), including a three channel screening of the work ‘Precious Fragments’ in select spaces. In fusing analogue film (recorded and archival), music, dance, literature, theatre and a visual artist’s perspective into digital cinematic works, these are films that are at first sensual and delightful, and then resonant with a power poetic and deep.
London, England – Wednesday September 27th 2023, 4pm. Close Up Cinema 97 Sclater St, London
Belfast Northern Ireland – Sunday September 24th 2023, 1.45pm. The Strand Cinema 152-154 Holywood Rd, Belfast
Dublin Ireland – Saturday September 9th 2023, 7pm. The Darkroom 32 Brunswick St N, Dublin 7
Melbourne Australia – Tuesday June 20th 2023, 8pm. Thornbury Picture House 802 High St, Thornbury
Ballarat Australia – Friday December 2nd 2022, 6pm. The Regent Cinema 49 Lydiard St N, Ballarat
“McCuskey is a film artist of the highest calibre, utilising dance and music together with archival footage, to create a sensual and experimental aural and visual feast. Her work celebrates families and communities, through a female sensibility, and through the richness of memory and the lands we live on and come from.” (Bill Mousoulis – Unknown Pleasures)
“The work is haunting and sophisticated.” (Peter Tammer – Independent Filmmaker)
Duration 93mins followed by Q and A with the artist.
The programme includes the film Precious Fragments, a work using three languages and developed in collaboration with Waddawurrung artists. You can find out more about Precious Fragments and the project Come Home here.
About the Precious Fragments artists:
Éireann (Erin) McCuskey works between the realms of art and cinema creating a solid audience for her works and engagements. Local and international screenings and connections will support her to engage in universal discussions about human rights through screen culture. A child of immigrants she is currently studying Gaeilge with aims to link and share our cultural capacities. She will work in collaboration with Wadawurrung artists, the Gilson sisters. @erinmccuskey
Dr Deanne Gilson is a contemporary visual artist reflecting the colonial gaze to strengthen and regain her identity. Her work has recently been acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria. @deannegilson
Tammy Gilson is sought after as a traditional dancer, language speaker and award-winning fibre artist with an extensive knowledge of cultural heritage. Tammy’s spiritual connection to her ancestors and country has guided her to revitalise and continue cultural practices today. @tammy.gilson.52
The Gilson sisters are proud Wadawurrung women with mixed English/Irish heritage, living on Nan’s Country, their ancestral Country. Sharing their work on an international stage will provide opportunities to share the stories of First Peoples in a way that both protects and reflects Aboriginal leadership and shared heritage supports the work of the Uluru Statement – Truth, Treaty and Voice. Their work is uniquely placed to shine a light on the space between cultures to learn where we belong.