ViSiONA festival, Spain 2016

I Will Tell You My Life: Making Memory

18th February 2016

Family Ties Network collaborated with Pedro Vicente and Elena Zapata from ViSiONA to curate a 45 minute film showreel for their festival.

The 2015-2016 audiovisual programme was divided into two major sections: I Will Tell You My Life: The Film Within A Film, which took place in different municipalities of the province of Huesca, and I will Tell You My Life: Making Memory, a series of feature and short films organised in collaboration with international institutions and festivals that took place around the city of Huesca.

I will Tell You My Life: Making Memory included a projection of autobiographical experimental works by FTN co-ordinators Suze Adams, Jacqueline Butler and Sally Waterman, together with filmmakers David Jackson and Sarah Pucill, who have participated in past FTN events.

These film screening events were held in association with the group exhibition, I, Me, Me, You (27th November 2015-21st February 2016) which brought together works by eleven national and international artists, including Elina Brotherus, Sophie Calle, Claude Cahun, John Coplans and Ana Mendieta to explore their own identity in terms of gender, race, memory, family, loss, forgetfulness, illness and time.

Film Programme

Sally Waterman ‘Wisdom’, 2013 (1’25 min)

Music: ‘Sweet Wisdom’, Donna McKevitt, from ‘Translucence’, Warner Classics, 1998

‘Wisdom’ is a stop-frame animation sequence that uses digital snapshots taken over a three-year period from Easter 2010 to Easter 2013. The work documents Waterman’s familial relationships, together with the changing seasons, to create a sense of time passing, with rituals being re-enacted and return visits to the same locations, in particular, her Mother’s home on the Isle of Wight.

Jacqueline Butler ‘Still Rooms’, 2005 (5 min)

The film camera acts as a visualiser of an action performance of the mother, “mummy” marking out her territory, ensuring all are safe in the home. Filmed as a diptych, the camera moves through the home, creating both a physical and emotion layout of the house’s structure. The split screen plays resonating forward movement with reverse action, indicating the histories of both the family and the home.

David Jackson ‘This is Not My House’, 2014 (14 min)

This Is Not My House documents an encounter between filmmaker David Jackson and his widowed father in Malta. At the heart of this familial exchange between father and son lie the immediacies of the Mediterranean not only as a place of lived, everyday experience but also as a projected space of home and belonging.

Suze Adams ‘Breath’, 2014 (5 min)

‘Breath’ is an autobiographical film made in homage to the artist’s ancestors that explores links across the generations as she experiences them today.  The video is her response to visits made to the landscape where her family lived and worked in the 1800s – a harsh but beautiful farmland location on an island off the north-west coast of Scotland.

Sally Waterman ‘Against’, 2014 (5 min)

Music: ‘Dance Against the Void’, Donna McKevitt, from ‘Translucence’, Warner Classics, 1998

‘Against’ plays with the perception of family memory through a series of repetitive gestures, performed by the artist in response to Mckevitt’s score. The desire for attachment, coupled with an unsettling sense of separation is implied as Waterman attempts to embody the projected images she took of her grandmother, just before she died twenty years ago.


Sarah Pucill ‘Stages of Mourning’ 2004 (17 min)

Ritualised through performance to camera, ‘Stages of Mourning’ is Pucill’s journey of bereavement, as she orders image fragments of her late lover and collaborator, Sandra Lahire. In as much as this is a meditation on coming to terms with loss, the film is an exploration of how our relationship with the dead is made different through film.