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In Conversation: Sarah Lightman, Dr Nadia Valman and Dr Rachel Garfield

Occupy My Time Gallery

Thursday, 30 May 2013 from 18:00 to 19:25 (BST)

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The Book of Sarah:
A Life in Drawings and Animation Films

 8 May- 1 June 2013.

Private View 9 May 6.00-9.00pm

 

In Conversation with Sarah Lightman, Dr Nadia Valman and Dr Rachel Garfield 

30 May 2013  6.00-7.30pm

at Occupy My Time Gallery

Enclave 9 Resolution Way,

Deptford, London SE8 4NT

 

Occupy My Time Gallery is delighted to present Sarah Lightman’s on-going autobiographical project, The Book of Sarah.

To accompany the exhibition we will be hosting an In Conversation with Sarah Lightman, Dr Nadia Valman and Dr Rachel Garfield. During this discussion the three speakers will address themes in Sarah Lightman's artwork including Jewish identity in art, graphic art, Feminism and Autobiography.

 

Sarah Lightman is an award-winning artist, curator and researcher who explores visual memoir. The Book of Sarah is a text/image project that traces the artist’s life through drawings and animation films.  Begun in 1995 when the artist was an undergraduate at The Slade School of Art, The Book of Sarah also references the Biblical silence of her namesake, the Matriarch Sarah, and her unpreserved voice. The Book of Sarah transforms Jewish history into contemporary visual herstory. The exquisite, meticulous and often fragmentary pencil drawings that form the majority of The Book of Sarah transform unhappy experiences into something beautiful. Lightman’s remarkable skill is to distill time and experience into art that, though based on her own personal experience, can also have universal appeal and resonance. Lightman has been working with filmmaker Conor O’Grady on a series of animation films based on her diary drawings. These will be shown for the first time in a London gallery. Films include Families (2012) about sibling put-me-downs and hand-me-downs, Family Table (2012) about the differing constellation of chairs and people around her parent’s dining table and The Reluctant Bride (2012) that reflects the mixed emotions of the persistent cycle of life - planning her wedding, whilst knowing her desperately ill Grandfather will not live to see her under her chuppah [Jewish wedding canopy]. Sarah’s most recent artwork is Shanah Rishonah [First Year of Marriage] (2013) and her thoughts on starting a family.

www.sarahlightman.com

 

Rachel Garfield is an artist who works with expanded documentary to explore the formation of identity and teaches at the University of Reading. She has exhibited in the UK, US, India, Italy and Canary Islands. Garfield also writes about the formation of identity in texts such as, “A Particular Incoherence: Some Films of Vivienne Dick”, Between Truth and Fiction, The Films of Vivienne Dick, Treasa O’Brian (ed.), (Crawford Art Centre/Lux publications 2009), “Questioning Perceptions of Jewish Identity in the work of Ary Stillman” (Merrell 2008).

Nadia Valman is Senior Lecturer in English at Queen Mary, University of London. Her research interests include literature, gender and religion with particular interest in Anglo-Jewry and published The Jewess in Nineteenth-Century British Literary Culture (Cambridge University Press 2007). She has also edited a number of publications on Jews and Jewish representation in British and European culture, including, most recently, Nineteenth-Century Jewish Literature: A Reader (Stanford University Press, 2013). With Larry Roth, she is the editor of the forthcoming Routledge Handbook to Contemporary Jewish Cultures.

 

In January 2006 OCCUPY MY TIME was established by artist and curator Sue Cohen to continue the aim of bringing art straight into the heart of the community. Previous curatorial projects including Urbanbodies Brick Lane 2005, Underground and Cupboard Love, Greenwich Foot Tunnel 2006-2009, and Police And Thieves The Old Police Station New Cross 2010.  In June 2012 OCCUPY MY TIME became a permanent Gallery space setting up in Enclave Deptford. The Gallery presents a program of exhibitions from early and mid career artists, along with artist residencies, Open Submissions and educational activities.

OCCUPY MY TIME is a non for profit organisation. Company Number 5728250

For more information and images contact:

Sue Cohen: Occupy My Time Gallery

suecohen@ntlworld.com

T. 07932 536327 www.occupymytimearts.yolasite.com

www.occupymytimearts.wordpress.com

www.facebook.com/pages/Occupy-My-Time-Gallery/

 

The Book of Sarah:
A Life in Drawings and Animation Films

8 May- 1 June 2013. Private View 9 May 6.00-9.00pm
In Conversation: 30 May 2013 6.00-7.30pm
Sarah Lightman, Dr Rachel Garfield, and Dr. Nadia Valman

Occupy My Time Gallery

Enclave 9 Resolution Way, Deptford, London SE8 4NT United Kingdom Deptford
This work was carried out with the support of a grant from the European Association for Jewish Culture.

european association jewish culture

Do you have questions about In Conversation: Sarah Lightman, Dr Nadia Valman and Dr Rachel Garfield? Contact Occupy My Time Gallery

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