︎ José Mario Dellow

Location: Online
7 January - 3 February 2021
We’re pleased to share the third film in our new series of monthly online screenings.

Extract from a conversation between three Guatemalan adoptees (2020) by artist and educator José Mario Dellow explores international adoption, drawing from the artist’s own experience of being adopted from Guatemala.

The video presents recordings from a conversation between José Mario Dellow and two other Guatemalan adoptees. Now in their mid-twenties, they discuss their evolving feelings towards their own adoptions.

Underscoring the conversation are a series of images taken from an album made for José Mario Dellow by his father when he was a small child, which he calls his ‘archive.’

This film was part of body of work exploring adoption and family exhibited in a solo exhibition The Only Guatemalan Adoptee in Essex at TOMA Project Space, Southend at the end of last year.

Video courtesy of the artist.
Image description: Animated GIF of 4 video stills from the screening of ‘Extract from a conversation between three Guatemalan adoptees’ by José Mario Dellow.  The photos are all sourced from a scrapbook made by the artist’s father, and include images of the adoption process, including photos of the artist as a baby with his newly adopted parents, a children’s party with other children adopted from Guatemala, as well as images of traditional Guatemalan fabrics.

︎ Jordan Lord

Location: Online
10 December 2020 - 6 January 2021
Image description: Animated GIF of 3 video stills from the screening of ‘After… After… (Access)’ by Jordan Lord.  Video still 1: A black and white image of the inside of a body, including a spine and other organs, appears on a laptop screen. A hand reaches toward the laptop's keyboard. On top of the hand, a caption reads: "In learning to make a film, students are taught to show rather than tell." Video still 2: An interior view along a hospital corridor. The image is taken from the point of view of someone lying under a white blanket on a wheeled hospital stretcher. An open caption at the bottom of the frame reads “Access not only refers to permission to make a documentary in a given space”. Video still 3: The folds of a white and pink-striped quilt fills the frame. The image is taken from the point of view of someone underneath the blanket. An open caption at the bottom of the frame reads "The frame is filled by a blanket that moves up and down with my heart beat."

After... After... (Access), Jordan Lord, 2018
Mascara Film Club is pleased to present the second in our rolling programme of monthly online screenings, After... After... (Access) (2018) by Jordan Lord.

After…After…(Access) is an essay film that confronts questions of accessibility through an attempt to record the filmmaker’s recent open-heart surgery. The film follows the filmmaker, as they prepare for the surgery: watching medical imaging of their body with friends, revisiting a former lover, preparing for their mother to come to New York, documenting their family's arrival, and ultimately being admitted to the hospital.

Alongside this footage, the film's narration considers the relationship between showing and telling; various dimensions of access; and how access is frequently considered only after the threat of liability, in the context of both filmmaking and disability. The film prioritizes access as a precondition of the film itself; audio description and open captioning are inseparable aspects of the film.

Access Information: This video is open captioned and includes audio description in English. There is a stroboscopic effect about 8 minutes into the video.

Video courtesy of the artist.

︎ Winnie Herbstein

Location: Online
19 November - 9 December 2020
Mascara Film Club is pleased to present the first in our rolling programme of

monthly online screenings, Minutes (2019) by Winnie Herbstein.

Minutes draws on material from the archive of Take Root, a women’s self-build group from Glasgow in the 1990s. Working closely with minutes taken from the group’s meetings, moments were developed into scenarios and restaged by members of Slaghammers, a feminist welding group based at Glasgow Autonomous Space. Layering and sharing experiences of organising, this video was shown as part of the exhibition Brace, a solo show at Jupiter Woods, London.

Video courtesy of the artist.

Artist website: www.winnieherbstein.com/
Three women sit on a leather sofa discussing in a meeting. The woman in the centre wearing large dark sunglasses is speaking. The subtitle reads ‘and honest with us.’

Minutes, Winnie Herbstein, 2019

︎ Going Away.tv

Location: Mascara Bar
Thursday 12 March 2020

A Commitment, Hazel Brill, 2019
Reflections on a Visit v2, Ollie Dook, 2017
RE-ANIMATED: Arrival, Jakob Kudsk Steensen, 2018
Reality Fragment 160921, April Lin and Jasmine Lin, 2017
Unicorns of Westfield, Louise Ashcroft, 2017
All that glitters is not gold, William Cook, 2019
Benjamin’s Orchid, Wilf Speller, 2019
This month we’re collaborating with Going Away.tv to present a screening of works selected from their online channel, examining how ecology, class and sexuality operate within virtual and digital spaces.

‘Going Away.tv’ is an online platform hosting live streamed artists’ moving image 24/7, combining work from a variety of localities and backgrounds. At once embracing and critiquing the democratic nature of streaming platforms such as ‘Twitch’ and ‘Youtube Live’, ‘Going Away.tv’ will continuously present the work of multiple artists working in moving image and broadcasting, randomised but presented sequentially twenty-four hours a day. On returning visits to ‘Going Away’ you may not see the same work twice.
Image description: Animated GIF of video stills from the screening ‘Going Away.tv’.  Video still 1: Animated CGI Jungle landscape. Video still 2: Man speaks to camera in a balaclava. Video still 3: Cartoon monkey speaks to camera in front of zoo display. Video still 4: Two naked people embrace in a bedroom. Video still 5: A T-shirt with the words ‘Being a Unicorn is Exhausting’ in a shop. Video still 6: Pink orchids in a laboratory.

London, UK