Ey Up Clare Charnley
I recently had the pleasure of seeing some new video works by Clare Charnley and her long-time collaborator Patricia Azevedo at Film Free and Easy in Nottingham – that you may remember from Episode 38 with Pete Ellis. My memory had failed me again, as this episode begins with Clare telling me about how her and Patricia met, though it transpires that they had in fact told me that exact story as part of a project from over a decade ago I had completely forgotten I’d done!
I find Clare has a particularly interesting body of work and has in various ways sought, as she puts it, to ‘demonstrate cultural ignorance’ through her often collaborative, and actually quite brave performance works that have taken place in countries such as Estonia, China, Israel, Mexico and Kurdistan. Now finding myself starting to make works in more international contexts, it was great to be able to learn from Clare’s many experiences, sensitivities, and her assertion of the importance of seeing ourselves in an international world.