13 June, 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Writer, artist and researcher Rachel O’Reilly will give an introductory talk to a major work of feminist mine labour cinema, Une Histoire de femmes (1980), in the context of current protest movements working against mining industries, and their impact on workers’ rights and the environment.
As we have recently seen with the debate around Fracking in Ireland, images of ‘mining jobs’ continue to be used to attract social investment for increasingly deregulated, ‘unconventional’ and mega-scaled extractive projects. ‘Unconventional’ mining use technologies quite distinct from modern mining techniques, and consistently inflates employment projections. Nevertheless, it is often an appropriated, decontextualized modernist image of mine labour dignity that gets these projects ‘over the line’.
What was the mine labour image as an image of work, and of social organizing? How can we revisit this image, in order to appreciate its contradictory material politics, and its historical relationship to contemporary forms of production that work away at the very limits of land and water use amidst large scale climate change? Rachel O Reilly approaches these questions within her own practice, attending to contemporary successes of social movement, as well as to radical feminist experiments in labour cinema of past decades, which look at the particular ways capital and surplus value are extracted through the regulatory ideals of contracts.
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