YUNG LEAN, PLEASE BE MY YUNG LOVE, Dir. Julia Mellen
Special EventsPublic Intimacies

PUBLIC INTIMACIES: Talking to Myself

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15:30 Sat 18 Jan 2020

ICA Cinema 1

Spanning the pre-internet works of Shigeko Kubota, Ilene Segalove and Ximena Cuevas, through to the contemporary autoethnography of Martine Syms and Onyeke Igwe, this programme looks to diaristic articulations of self and the literal form of women ‘talking aloud’.

The radical interiority of these works probe a middle ground between its filmmakers’ identities and heritages and the pervasive influence of hegemonic pop culture - from the solace of go-go dancers on Japanese TV in Kubota’s lament for her dying father, to Julia Mellen’s playful imaginings of a date with Yung Lean.

This programme looks to the historically ‘feminised’ connotations of diary-keeping as a mode of self-expression, and the agency and performativity that arise in the act of self-documentation. Guest programmed by Jenna Roberts and Miranda Mungai. 87’


This is part of Public Intimacies, a strand of communually programmed films and illustrated lectures looking to the agency of women’s voices when in dialogue with themselves, and the potential for self-recognition through self-documentation.

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  • MY FATHER

    Shigeko Kubota 16 mins (US, 1975)

    With this deeply intimate statement of grief, Kubota mourns the death of her father. Video and television are central to her ritual of mourning, and allow her father to assume a presence after death.
  • WE NEED NEW NAMES

    Onyeka Igwe 14 mins (UK, 2005)

    An essay video work examining contemporary Nigerian diasporic female identity through the contradictions inherent to an ethnographic reading of the funeral of the filmmakers’ family matriarch. Using personal archive to explore the concepts of female identity, diaspora, cultural memory and most importantly ‘fiction’.
  • CONTEMPORARY ARTIST

    Ximena Cuevas 5 mins (MX, 1999)

    After working in solitude at the studio, the artist leaves, uncomfortable with the idea of having to put on a face for the art world, where they expect you to say something articulate in order to grab the curator's attention.
  • I LIKE IT MORE

    Eden Mitsenmacher 1 mins (, 2017)

  • YUNG LEAN, PLEASE BE MY YUNG LOVE

    Julia Mellen 15 mins (US, 2018)

    Imaginings of a perfect date with Swedish rapper Yung Lean, whose music I have never listened to and who I have obviously never met. I know nothing about him, but still use him as my darling.
  • BLUE DIARY

    Jenni Olson 6 mins (US, 1997)

    Through voiceover and static San Francisco landscapes this experimental narrative short tells the melancholy story of a young dyke pining over a one night stand with a straight girl.
  • COAL CONFESSION

    Ilene Segalove 3 mins (US, 1972)

    Addressing the camera, Segalove confesses to plagarizing her 5th grade report, The Story of Coal.
  • A PILOT FOR A SHOW ABOUT NOWHERE

    Martine Syms 25 mins (US, 2015)

    A two-channel video that examines the politics of television viewership, incorporating footage from a number of sources to create a plurivocal narrative.
  • BACK TO REALITY

    Eden Mitsenmacher 1 mins (, 2016)

    The artist is recorded singing the 90’s hit “Back To Life” of Soul II Soul as it is rhythmed by smartphone notifications, over a dreamy artificial animated image of a storm cloud.