I AM DORA PRESENTS: "Is it peculiar that she twerk in the mirror?"
18:30 Thu 15 Jan 2015
A programme of recent music videos, followed by an extended panel discussion.
From Lily Allen’s ‘Hard out here’ to Beyonce’s ‘Flawless’, an
intersectional debate about contemporary feminism(s) has reached the
mainstream. Beyond the ongoing debate about representations of women’s
sexual agency in the male dominated music industry, where a woman’s body has become a lucrative commodity, is a more complex debate about the
line between the cross pollinating effects of a shared love of music and deeply problematic cultural appropriation. Historically a
battleground over the female body, the world of the music video is being reclaimed by a wave of artists who are using it as a medium to to defy
categorisation and convention. Whether it is the most politest of
subversions from Beyonce, the afro-futurist aesthetics of FKA Twigs and
Janelle Monae, the blatant and inciting weaponising of the female body
from Nicki Minaj or the confrontation on expectations of gender from
Planningtorock and Gazelle Twin, we will ask is there is a new
self-determination apparent in the way that artists are defying
expectation by presenting themselves and their differences?
Aimee Cliff is a freelance music and culture journalist based in London. A
regular contributor to Dazed and The Fader, her insightful pieces have
directly addressed female identity politics in popular music, tackling
issues such as intersectional feminism in music videos and the
limitations of the mainstream music press in understanding new work by
those who fall outside the conventions usually assigned to female or
Emma Dabiri is a writer and commentator. She is a PhD Researcher in the
Sociology Department at Goldsmiths. Her research explores the multiple
ways in which mixedness has come to be gendered. She is a teaching
fellow in the Africa Department at SOAS and her major passions include,
African and African Diasporian performative and literary cultures,
critical race studies, feminism and folklore.
Grace Ladoja is photographer and filmmaker based in London. Working across
culture and commerce, she has collaborated on a number of visual
projects with artists such as FKA Twigs.
This event is curated
by Jemma Desai (I am Dora) who will also lead the discussion. Jemma
Desai is a curator and writer based in London. She is a programmer for
the London Film Festival and the Independent Cinema Office and is the
founder of I am Dora.
I am Dora is a curatorial initiative that explores how women relate to one another through the medium of film.