Patti Gaal-Holmes

Liliesleaf Farm Mayibuye: In Search of the Spectres of History (2016) screened 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 no.w.here experimental film 'lab' (London). Kevin Rice's wonderfully inspiring workshops at no.w.here 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).

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