Museum of Impossible Forms warmly welcomes you to an evening with artist Nina Wakeford. Nina is an artist based in London and is Visiting Professor at Kuvataideakatemia / Academy of Fine Arts in March 2022. Her work begins with the unfinished business of past social movements and the challenges of revisiting the energies that these movements created.
For this evening we will start with a presentation of Nina’s work ‘an apprenticeship in queer I believe it was’ (moving image + live narration, 10 mins, 2019). Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp was active from 1981 to 2000 and was established by women to protest American cruise missiles being sited near Reading at RAF Greenham Common. The work explores the capacity of the peace camp to transform the identity of those who lived there. It includes thousands of images of forget-me-nots from the nearby memorial Peace Garden, photographed one by one on 16mm film. The performance combines this footage with words from first-person accounts of women who were interviewed in a study of the peace camp, alongside archival documents, and a song.
Nina will then introduce an episode of a community-made satirical soap opera which was first broadcast on public access television in the United States in 1988-9. ‘Two in Twenty: a Lesbian Soap Opera’ is a low budget production created by a group of women in Boston and shows some of the cultural and political concerns of that time in the United States: including custody of children, diversity and falling in love with your therapist.
We warmly welcome those active in all forms of queer life, politics and art to share this evening with us!
About the artist:
Nina Wakeford is an artist based in London and is Visiting Professor at Kuvataideakatemia / Academy of Fine Arts in March 2022. Her work begins with the unfinished business of past social movements and the challenges of revisiting the energies that these movements created. Drawing on a personal collection of feminist materials from the 1970s and 1980s, Wakeford has made a series of film and performance works that involve singing as a way of attaching herself to objects or images.
Recent work has been performed and shown at Glasgow International, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), and the Barbican. Her two year commission for Art on the Underground included the artist book Our Pink Depot: The Gay Underground FLO-N202-236000000-TRK-MST-00002-SAY-HELLO-WAVE-GOODBYE-KEN-NIE-BPS (Book Works, 2019). She teaches in the Department of Art, Goldsmiths, University of London.