Cinenova | Now Showing: Alex Martinis Roe, Helen Grace & Margot Nash

The Showroom, London

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

19:00 – 20:30

For the May Now Showing, artist Alex Martinis Roe has chosen to screen Helen Grace's 'Serious Undertakings' (Australia, 1983, 28mins) and Margot Nash's 'Shadow Panic' (Australia, 1989, 26mins), alongside a selection of her own films from her current exhibition at The Showroom To Become Two.

Helen Grace's film 'Serious Undertakings' uses montage techniques to explore culture, language, politics and identity. Using images of child care and terror, and the recurring motif of a pram, Grace references scenes of motherhood, industrialism, and Eisenstein's BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN.

Margot Nash's 'Shadow Panic' portrays a feast of vivid images and interrelated stories in her film about internal and external states of emergency, personal and collective 'shadows' (pasts, memories and conditioned stereotypes), and resistance and spirit. This mildly surreal film revolves around three women representing different aspects of one character - The Investigator, The Hothead and The Dreamer - moving through a separate but interconnected world set against a background of villainous male extras.

Alongside these, Alex Martinis Roe will share specific films from her installation at The Showroom To Become Two, that stems from her ongoing engagement with international feminist communities and their political practices.

Cinenova: Now Showing began in March 2015 and runs monthly. The series intends to materialise relationships between contemporary artist moving image practice and the feminist and organising legacies present in the Cinenova collection. Now Showing future invited protagonists include: Onyeka Igwe, Oreet Ashery, Letitia Beatriz, Olivia Plender, Charlotte Prodger and more to be announced. Past events have been with Ayesha Hameed and Sandra Lahire; Jamie Crewe and Tran, T Kim Trang; Kathryn Elkin and Sarah Turner; Noski Deville and Patrick Staff; Kari Robertson and Judith Barry; Nooshin Farhid and Lis Rhodes; Rehana Zaman and Lai Ngan Walsh & the Law Collective; Lucy Clout, Tracey Moffatt and Susan Stein; Cara Tolmie, Kimberley O'Neill and France-Lise McGurn, Judith Barry and Ruth Novaczek; Justice for Domestic Workers and Leeds Animation Co-op; Claire Hope and Judith Barry; Lucy Parker and Adriana Monti; Kate Davis, Margaret Salmon and Sheffield Film Co-op; Richard John Jones and Karen Everett; Grace Schwindt and Kim Longinotto.

A digital archive of selected works from Cinenova distribution is available for viewing at The Showroom. For details on how to view the digital archive follow this link:


The Showroom , 63 Penfold Street , London