︎ Joanna McClurg

Location: online

Mascara Film Club is pleased to present an online screening of two videos, Black Mountain (2020) and Viva Palestine Viva Ireland (2020), by artist Joanna McClurg. This double screening looks at the personal and local histories of Belfast’s Black Mountain. While officially only a hill, Black Mountain boasts the highest point in greater Belfast. It has served as a burial ground for ancient Irish kings, the source of rivers that fuelled the linen industry, propelling Belfast from provincial town to linchpin of the British Empire, and, perhaps most controversially, a major operational base of the British Army.

Black Mountain follows 86 year-old Victor who walks almost 10 miles every day with someone else’s dog. During these walks he reminisces. Zig-zagging across the mountain and between memories, he reveals his unconventional view of the world.

Viva Palestine Viva Ireland is a found footage film documenting the Irish republican collective Gael Force Art, known for adorning the hillside with political slogans made from white, fabric letters. The group assert a message of solidarity between Ireland and Palestine, drawing parallels between their entangled histories of dispossession, colonialism and state violence. Viva Palestine Viva Ireland considers the political, material and poetic aspects of the group’s work and attempts to formulate a reply to their usually declarative or imperative ‘bedsheet statements.’

16 September – 13 October 2021

  • Black Mountain, Joanna McClurg, 2020, 46 mins
  • Viva Palestine Viva Ireland, Joanna McClurg, 2020, 8 mins

London, UK