Award Winning Director Trisha Ziff Returns To Derry~Londonderry

Award Winning Director Trisha Ziff Returns To Derry~Londonderry

Renowned international film director Trisha Ziff is presenting the first major film exhibition as part of the City of Culture’s BT Portrait of a City project.

Ziff, who is returning to Derry~Londonderry for the first time in over 20 years, will present her feature length documentary Mexican Suitcase on Friday May 10 while the following evening, Saturday May 11, an award-winning 1984 documentary Picturing Derry will be shown. Picturing Derry features Trisha Ziff working in Derry in the 1980s to establish Camerawork Darkrooms community photography initiative in the Bogside. Both screenings will be at the Nerve Centre.

Mexican Suitcase links iconic photographs of the Spanish Civil War, the present-day legacy of the war for its victims and their families in Spain and Mexico. The film features personal insights about war and the images and histories which have echoes of the way that Northern Ireland deals with its own history of conflict. The screening will be introduced by Ziff and she will discuss the film’s relevance with the experiences of Derry~Londonderry.

Picturing Derry tells the story of the people who photographed the Troubles in the city, featuring the work of photographers Willie Carson, Barney McMonagle, Eamon Melaugh, Camerawork Darkrooms and the artist Willie Doherty. It also features those who came from elsewhere to photograph the city including Clive Limpkin who took the iconic Battle of the Bogside photographs and Ian Berry, a leading freelance photographer. Alongside the film, there will be extracts from a 1983 documentary Derry Video News which looks at Camerawork Darkrooms, which Trisha Ziff helped to establish. After the screening there will be a panel discussion with Trisha Ziff, a member of Camerawork and artist Willie Doherty.

The weekend is a unique opportunity for people in Derry~Londonderry to discuss how the photographs of the Troubles have impacted on the life of the city and to explore how photographs today can speak for local communities.

Both screenings on Friday 10 May and Saturday 11 May are at 8pm at the Nerve Centre.

Additional Information About Trisha Ziff

Trisha Ziff was born in the UK and now lives and works in Mexico City. She began working as a political activist using photography and film in Northern Ireland, establishing Camerawork Derry in 1982. Her exhibitions have been shown at major museums including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the International Center for Photography, New York.

Additional Information About Picturing Derry
 
Picturing Derry is an award-winning documentary made for Channel Four exploring the relationship between photography, history, culture and resistance in Ireland.
Mexican Suitcase is the story of three boxes which disappeared in Paris in 1939 which only resurfaced in Mexico City in 2007 when their contents of over 4,200 negatives taken during the Spanish Civil War were discovered.
 
Camerawork Darkrooms Derry was established in 1983 in the Bogside to provide local people with the tools which enabled them to create their own black and white images.
 
A major exhibition Picturing Derry opens May 17 in the City Factory Gallery in Derry. The exhibition will feature for the first time a previously unseen major body of work shot during the Battle of the Bogside in August 1969 by the legendary French photojournalist Gilles Caron. The exhibition will also feature work by the people in the city who photographed the Troubles: Willie Carson, Barney McMonagle, Eamon Melaugh, Camerawork Darkrooms, and photographs by the Official Army photographer in the city in the 1980s. It also features those who came from elsewhere to photograph the city from the 1960s to the 1980s - including Clive Limpkin who shot several iconic Battle of the Bogside photographs, key British documentary photographer Homer Sykes, and the American documentary photographer Brian J Gill. Works by artists Willie Doherty, Sean Hillen and Victor Sloan are also featured.
 
The exhibition Picturing Derry runs 17 May – 6 July at the City Factory Gallery in Derry. A partner exhibition featuring the Derry photographers will be exhibited at The Browse
Photo Festival, Berlin, June 13 – June 18 2013. A selection of works from the Picturing Derry exhibition then tours to The Grand Hall, Assembly Buildings, Stormont Aug 12 – September 20.
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