Dislocations | Stella Rooney in conversation with Dr Jon Blackwood
Online Exhibition and Artists Q&A
Everyday between 21st - 25th June, 12 - 1pm
Wednesday 23 June (12 - 1pm) | In conversation with Stella ROONEY (Scotland) https://www.stellarooney.com/
(Please note the title of the ticket is 'Dislocations')
About the Artist
Stella Rooney is a film-maker and visual artist who investigates labour from the perspective of both past and present. Long ago, workers once fought for access to a clock within the workplace, or for the right to an eight-hour day. Today, the precarity of labour continues to erode the workers right to control one’s own time. Considering the rise of the service economy and the decline of organised labour, her practice wrestles with the ghosts of deindustrialisation. Working with photography and moving image, her work is a point of engagement with both collective histories and personal memories. With the intent to identify past, present and future points of both disruption and solidarity, Rooney seeks to suppose that our future timelines are not yet fixed.
Her most recent work is influenced by Dundee’s history and the role of women in shaping the city’s industrial landscape. Former mass employers in Dundee, the Jute mills and Timex factories, employed predominately women workers, earning Dundee the title of ‘She-Town’. Today one of the largest employers in the city is the local authority which employs thousands of women in historically undervalued roles such as caring and cleaning work. Rooney charts the trajectory of Dundee’s matriarchal culture, and examines the legacy of working class women’s leadership and protest within a city still yet to recover from deindustrialisation.
Stella Rooney graduated with a BA in Art and Philosophy from Duncan of Jordanstone in 2020. Her work has been selected for Futureproof 2020 and RSA New Contemporaries 2021. She has also been selected for the Hospitalfield Graduate Residency 2021-22 and has become recently employed as a college lecturer delivering community art classes.
Chair: Dr Jon Blackwood
Jon Blackwood is an educator, writer and curator. Since 2014 he has worked at Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, where he is currently reader in contemporary art. He has previously worked at DJCAD, University of Dundee. Jon’s research is concentrated on notions of peripherality and post-socialist transition in Central & Eastern Euorpe, as well as contemporary art and activism. Jon is a member of IKT, the International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art, and SCAN. He has curated exhibitions nationally (Summerhall, Edinburgh, Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen, the Fleming Collection, London) & internationally (Institute for Contemporary Art, Zagreb; Atelier DADO, Cetinje; duplex, Sarajevo; Muzej na Grad Skopje, North Macedonia).
The programme for the rest of the week is as follows:
Monday 21 June | In conversation with Olia SOSNOVSKAYA (Belarus / Austria) http://oliasosnovskaya.com
Tuesday 22 June | In conversation with Ahmet ÖGÜT (Turkey) https://www.ahmetogut.com/
Thursday 24 June | In conversation with Mila PANIĆ (Germany) https://milapanic.net/
Friday 25 June | In conversation with Elena CEMERSKA / Ivana MIRCHESKA (North Macedonia)
In addition, on Tuesday 22 June, a discussion session will be held between 10 - 11.30am with Dr Jon Blackwood and invited speakers Dr Laura Leuzzi, University of Dundee, and Sally Reaper, director of Look Again Aberdeen. This session will explore digital curation and introduce the Dislocations exhibition thematically.
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First published: 25 May 2021