A Protest, A Celebration, A Mixed Message

Storr, Rhea
Rhea Storr explores Black and mixed-race cultural representation with an interest in the in-between, the culturally ineffable, translation, format and aesthetics. She is concerned with performance, costume and the politics of masquerade. In particular, she has employed carnival as a means to articulate a complex relationship between Britain and the Caribbean that underlines the importance of location. Often working in photochemical film, she considers counter-cultural ways of producing the moving image. Celebration is a protest at Leeds West Indian Carnival. A look at forms of authority, A Protest, A Celebration, A Mixed Message, 2018, asks who performs and who spectates. Following Mama Dread’s, a Leeds-based carnival group whose theme is Caribbean immigration to the UK, we are asked to consider the visibility of Black bodies, particularly in rural spaces. The work questions how easy it is to represent oneself culturally as a mixed-race person in the UK, as well as the ownership or appropriation of Black culture.
  • Artwork Details: running time: 11 minutes 46seconds
  • Edition: 1 of 5 + 2 AP
  • Material description: Colour, 5.1 surround, 16:9 2k HD file. Original format 16:9
  • Credit line: © the artist. Image courtesy of the artist
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  • Medium: Film and Audio Visual
  • Accession number: ACC25/2021



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