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Patti Gaal-Holmes


Liliesleaf Farm Mayibuye: In Search of the Spectres of History (2016) screening at the 60th BFI Film Festival, London on 9th October 2016.

The stranger’s vision is enlightened, not because he has transcended his origins but because travelling has revealed the chiasmus within the certitudes of belonging.

 (Nikos Papastergiadis) 

Patti Gaal-Holmes is an artist/filmmaker and historian. Her cross-disciplinary practice includes working with moving image (celluloid and digital), photography and drawing. Current work is informed by her cross-cultural background, travelling/living in various countries and by discourses on history, migration and post/colonialism. Processes of thinking between theory and practice are integral to methodological approaches; and materiality forms an important part in directing the outcome of visual work. 

An Arts Council England grant to develop work with 16mm film included a residency at experimental film 'lab' (London). Kevin Rice's wonderfully inspiring workshops at included exploring the architecture of the filmstrip, adrift on silver halides and chemical hazes, and tinting, toning and destroying film. 

Collaborations with award-winning Australian singer/songwriter Emily Barker have resulted in a collection of short films and songs. Patti and Emily have performed films/music together at Late at Tate Britain, King's Place, The Green Man Festival, Aspex Gallery, etc.

'On the Natural History of Destruction' (two short films and an artists' book) was commissioned  for 'Space Interrupted' in response to the historic site, Fort Brockhurst (UK). A recent Hosking Houses Trust residency enabled work towards the completion of a short film focused on the historic apartheid site, Liliesleaf Farm (South Africa). The film, Liliesleaf Farm Mayibuye: In Search of the Spectres of History is screening at the 60th BFI Film Festival, London in the Experimenta screenings.

Patti has been a member of Art Space Portsmouth since 2005. Her BA (Visual Art) was completed at Winchester School of Art, as was her MA (Painting) for which she secured an AHRB grant. She is Reviews Editor for the Routledge journal, 'Transnational Cinemas'. Patti's doctoral thesis on 1970s British experimental film was supported by an AHRC grant and is the subject of a publication by Palgrave Macmillan: 'A History of 1970s Experimental Film: Britain’s Decade of Diversity' ( 2015).







External Websites
film: 'provisionally free and deprived finally of all genealogy' (Super8 and digital) film: 'despite the falling snow' (Super 8 and digital) film: 'black' (Super8) film: 'Ah! Afrika!' (16mm) photography: 'erasure: lilypool at nightfall' from 'excavations' series (Van Dyke print) photography: 'small fragment' from 'fragments' series (cyanotype) photography - 'Richard Long: stone circle' (Van Dyke print) photography: 'at home in the world: between bushveldt and sky' (detail) from 'excavations' series (Van Dyke print) drawing: untitled drawing: 'truth of opinions' from 'blue history' series 'you stand betwixt and between' from 'home' series drawing: 'the path between two points becomes home' from 'home' series artists' book - 'the path between two points becomes home' (detail) artists' book: 'Questions of Home' (detail) artists' book - 're-thinking history' (detail) artists' book: 'tea' (detail)
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