• Me and Mellissa photographic print (15.5cm x 20.5cm) 2014

  • White Gloves (white cotton gloves, charcoal)2014

  • Broadstairs Steps (A4 print)2014

  • Bird (A4 print) 2014

  • Imprint (A4 print) 2014

Uncle Macs Plaque, single channel video, colour, sound 15:50 Recorded on Broadstairs seafront in 2014

Me and Mellissa photographic print (15.5cm x 20.5cm) 2014

White Gloves (white cotton gloves, charcoal) 2014

3 A4 prints

This film was made in response to a film held in Screen Archive South East by female film maker Enid Briggs who filmed scenes in the English seaside town of Broadstairs in the 1920s and 1930s. Briggs film shows a series of performances by Uncle Macs Minstrels. Men in ‘Blackface’ make up are filmed on stage on the beach in Broadstairs wearing striped Pierrot suits.

 

Uncle Mac’s Plaque was filmed on the same beach (where Briggs filmed) in Broadstairs in 2014 and includes a commentary that interweaves personal stories of my family dressing up at seaside holiday camps in the 1970s in racist costumes, the history of blackface and the function of memorials. I found out that there was a plaque dedicated to Uncle Mac on the sea front at Broadstairs and so whilst there took graphite rubbings of it. This action was recorded and is included in the final video.

Uncle Mac’s Plaque is one of nine works produced as part of the 9 Archives Project that included research and collaboration with 9 regional film archives in the UK.

Shown at Federation House, part of Castlefield Galleries New Art Spaces, Manchester 2014