ARTICLE 16 will be projected 25th May-19th of June, overnight from the @johnhansardgallery in Guildhall square and The Alfred Arcade on Old Northam Road 5pm-7am (though is best visible after 8pm)
It will also be screened daily at The Spark at @solentuniversity
Thank you so much to Richard, Arron and Aanya for being part of this and giving us this gorgeous still of their family.
ARTICLE 16 is almost ready to rock! Just a slight more tweaking on one of the sites and we are ready to go! Had a great time installing @johnhansardgallery with the awesome @leebroughhall and @aspacearts The Alfred Arcade with the ultimate @kaneapplegate. And thank you to the @solentuniversity tech team for setting up the screens on campus for me.
ARTICLE 16 celebrates the non-traditional family unit. Over recent months, artist and filmmaker Asten Holmes-Elliott invited three queer and non-traditional households to capture their own typical family moments on old format Super 8mm film. These recordings were hand developed by the artist and edited to form three new film works.
The artwork hopes to capture LGBTQI+ families using a format that has been traditionally associated with the typical ‘nuclear family’. For the artist, it is a way to playfully insert queer people and families into a shared cultural memory, to challenge certain assumptions about what makes a family, to increase visibility, and to carve out space.
ARTICLE 16 will be projected overnight in Guildhall Square & Old Northam Road 5pm – 7am (although you probably can’t see it until about 8pm) and screened daily in Solent University, The Spark, East Park Terrace.
The new piece was made in partnership with a space arts, John Hansard Gallery and Solent University, and was made possible thanks to public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England @aceagrams
Hi everyone it’s Fred, (@iffybiro @fredashleighthornton ) I’m going to take over Asten’s account every now and then to post about ‘Article 16’. Today I want to talk about #rainbowfamilies that ‘Article 16’ aims to celebrate. I have posted a couple pics of my own #rainbowfamily . Feel free to tell us about yours and tag and share like there’s no tomorrow.
My family is made up of seven absolutely wonderful weirdos.
My sister Maisie calls our non-bio dad Bryan a ‘lesbian’ as a term of endearment, the word ‘lesbian’ means something completely different in her head and is often accompanied with an affection shoulder squeeze.
I remember taking my brother Astor into Reading with our Christmas money to buy him his first dress that wasn’t a hand me down or Textiles GCSE project of mine (he was growing out of the denim shift dress). The dress we settled on had pink cars all over it.
My sister Billie told me she too was non-binary like it was the most casual thing in the world as I anxiously tried to broach the subject to her not sure if I would be able to explain it to an eight-year-old who already knew and embraced gender chaos.
My nan believed my friend Kelly and I were actually engaged because we referred to each other as ‘wife’ so often. When Kelly got engaged to Tom, she had even more questions so to wind her up we just responded that we were very modern and let her brain melt.
My family is made of blood relations and chosen people and like many people’s families it can be fragmented and confusing and damn near impossible to draw out in a family tree. I love my family as it stands and as much trauma and soap opera style dramas as we have gone through, I think we are the best most great family and everyone else is jealous. (but not really love and light and all that).
The families participating in our new Arts Council England funded project ARTICLE 16 will be receiving their equipment soon! Their boxes will include a Super 8mm camera circa 1976-ish, boxes of Kodak colour reversal film and their welcome pack. The families have been asked to simply film and capture their family moments, creating classic home movies. The project will result in a video art piece of LGBTQI+ families using a format that has been traditionally associated with the typical ‘nuclear family’. As explained in their packs: “It’s a way to playfully insert ourselves as queer people and families into a shared cultural memory as a way to challenge certain assumptions about what makes a family, to increase our visibility, and to carve out some space.” Really looking forward to what comes back. https://jhg.art/events/asten-holmes-elliot-article-16/