Alberta Whittle's screenings of 'The Axe forgets, but the tree remembers'
Commissioned as part of the Hackney Windrush Public Programme, Alberta Whittle's 'The Axe forgets, but the tree remembers' has screened across multiple London venues, moving and sparking dialogue amongst many audiences by many audiences and communities.
For this screening at EartH, we welcomed over eighty members of the public to watch the premiere of Alberta's Public Programme Commission. This event was particularly exicitng, watching the film in EartH's iconic theatre space, an old cinema with dramatic wooden ampitheatre seating. Sitting outside of EartH's usual performing arts offerings, and outside of Whittle's largely gallery context for her work , the audience were invited to engage with the film in an entirely new setting.
Followed by an in-conversation with the artist herself along with Creative Director of a Vibe Called Tech, Lewis Dalton Gilbert, the audience heard firsthand Whittle's reflections on the work and experience shooting and researching the piece.
The Rio, Hackney
Invited to be a part of the Rio's Classic Matinee, a monthly screening for the over 55's presented in a relaxed atmosphere with free tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits, Whittle's film was bought to a key community in Hackney, largely attended by the Stoke Newington Caribbean elders group. Attendees stayed after the film to discuss amongst themselves and also engage with Janice Knight after the screening.
Followed by an in-conversation with the subject of the film Janice Knight and Producer Lauren Gee. The Q & A bought up conversations around community support and action, and reflections on Chris Kaba and recent portrayals of police brutality in the media
Royal Maritime Museum | Lecture Theatre, Greenwich
For this exclusive screening the Caribbean Social Forum were invited down to watch the film. This active group, with a strong connection with the Royal Maritime Museum took part in the Q & A session at the end, bringing in their own ideas from previous events.
Followed by an in-conversation with the subject of the film Janice Knight and Artist Alberta Whittle. Janice Knight performed one of her songs from her latest album acapalla.
Royal Maritime Museum |Queen's House, Greenwich
This screening took place in the Queen's House, a key location for the film where Zinzi Minott performed. Envisioned from the very beginning as a space to screen the final work, this special evening allowed for an immersive watch with visitors treated to an all encompassing experience.
Followed by an in-conversation with Dr Neal Shasore is Head of School and Chief Executive Officer of the London School of Architecture and artist Alberta Whittle. The Q & A reflected on the Palladian architecture of the Queen's House and decolonisation at large.