Birkbeck, University of London 2014

Family Ties: Reframing Memory Exhibition Events (3rd-25th July 2014)

Saturday 5th July (2-5pm)

Artist talk in the Peltz Gallery, led by Nick Kaplony, Independent curator and Senior Programme Coordinator at Artquest, followed by a short film screening in Birkbeck Cinema, which featured work by Suze Adams, Rosy Martin and Sally Waterman. This 35-minute looping programme dealt with key themes such as ancestral connections to place, the parental home, mother-daughter relationships, the family album and mourning and loss.

  • Rosy Martin, Too Close to Home, 1999, 8 min
  • Rosy Martin, The Sitting Room, 2002, 8 min
  • Sally Waterman, Wisdom, 2013, 1min, 25 secs
  • Sally Waterman, Against, 2014, 5 min
  • Suze Adams, Communion, 2012, 12 min

Nicky Bird discussing ‘Beneath the Surface/Hidden Place’


Suze Adams discussing ‘Generation’ with Nick Kaplony


Rosy Martin discussing ‘Acts of Reparation’

Friday 25th July, 6:30pm, Birkbeck Cinema                                                                             L

Lizzie Thynne, On the Border film screening and Q&A with Dr. Silke Arnold-de Simine, Senior Lecturer in Memory and Cultural Studies, Birkbeck


On the Border, enacts a daughter’s exploration of her Finnish family’s history prompted by the letters, objects, and photographs left in her mother’s apartment. Fragmented memories, dreams, and diary entries are juxtaposed with the director’s journey to significant places and people in that history from during and after the Russo-Finnish wars, 1939-1944. Thynne’s mother, Lea, and her siblings were evacuated from the disputed border territory of Karelia and Lea’s father was killed in 1941, fighting alongside the Germans against the Soviets. The story of her father’s death in action is contrasted with the more indirect impact of the war and its aftermath on the destinies of Lea, her mother and siblings. Lea began to see and hear things from age 42. Thynne searches for the causes of her mother’s breakdown as well as acknowledging that she can only understand her family’s past through her own experience and imagination. In this hypnotic work of mourning and remembrance, past and present, associations, memory and imagining intertwine, as the film charts the lingering traces of conflict and exile across generations.

Lizzie Thynne, 'On the Border', 2012

Lizzie Thynne, ‘On the Border’, 2012