Burning the Books: No Debt without Story (2015)
A half -hour film documenting our Burning the Books touring public art project exploring the shame, power, impact and drama of debt, now online on vimeo – watch here.
Edited by Kezia Martin. Funded by Arts Council England. Article on the Fabrica blog here.
Eight women, three cultures, one conversation. A conversation within the third space that living within two cultures creates. Based on extracts from interviews with British-Iranian women on personal culture and memory, this film is a poetic celebration and evocation of cross-over culture and identity.
Runner-up, ICA Best Short Film of the Festival at the Halloween Short Film Festival, ICA London January 2004. Screened internationally.
”A film of outstanding beauty, great longing and a clearly personal statement’ , Jane Giles, ICA Head of Cinema.
Mother to Mother (2006)
Online artwork evolved through dialogue and workshops
Mother to Mother investigated the emotional relationships and legacies of motherhood. In residency at the Robert Owen Early Years Centre in East Greenwich, Alinah held conversations with local mothers that focused on their relationships to their own mothers and to their children. These were followed by weaving workshops where participants were invited to express their ‘mother to mother’ relationships creatively and non-verbally. The process raised a whole series of questions, the most important of which formed the basis of an online garden at www.mother-mother.com, where visitors are invited to reflect on and plant their own maternal relationships.
Commissioned by Independent Photography, part of the Imagine East Greenwich programme.
Hand to Hand (2004)
A collaborative video and live art project evoking dialogue around migration, cultural rituals, family relationships and spiritual issues.
Made during an Artist Residency, within the Turkish/Kurdish women’s community on Holly Street Estate, East London. Funded by the QueensbridgeTrust/ Immediate Theatre.
Memo: The Hill (2002)
Audio stories, image, flash programming. Collaboration with writer Fredrik Lloyd.
Memo was an online work, a network of audio pathways that poetically combine hearsay with imagined narratives. ‘The Hill’ was generated collaboratively with the community of Symondsbury and Bridport (Dorset), around Colmer’s Hill, a subject of local myth and rumour.
We began the project during a Labculture Residency at PVA in 2001 and its development was supported through PVA and Lighthouse, Brighton. It was premiered at the Hospital Festival in Brighton and shown at the Bridport Museum.
Tabula Rasa (2002)
58 artists films projected onto the sides of buildings in Croydon across 4 sites. A film screening programme using evolutionary curation by Jon Bird, Andy Webster and Joe Faith (University of Sussex). Also shown at LUX Open, RCA. Supported by Croydon Skyline and the Parfitt Gallery.
Four public media artworks. Collaboration with writer Fredik Lloyd and communities across Kent.
Four participative audio, video and print-based media works which used cultural, historical and environmental space to express community identity in West Kent, We worked with Swanley School, Tonbridge Age Concern, Maidstone River communities and Tunbridge Wells Camden Road communities.
Commissioned by West Kent Media Arts Consortium and funded by ACE through RALP. Managed by Wired Women.
The Hidden Hand (1995)
A multi-layered lyrical journey from West to East. This debut film used the artists own drawings, paintings and found objects to explore the Iranian side of her cultural identity. She experimented with a wide range of animation techniques and discovered for the first time the magic of working with the moving image.
The film won Special Mention for Innovative use of animation at the Viva 8! Festival, London 1995 and was screened at The British Short Film Festival 1995, The Cardiff Animation Festival and various other film festivals in the UK. Screened as part of Tabula Rasa, 2002.
Unspoken Symphony (1995)
Animated short film, BETA,1 min. Collaboration with composer Jay Arden.
A film made using two hundred charcoal drawings based on the movements of the whirling dervish. These drawings were made from direct experience and observation during workshops with a Sufi teacher in Paris over a two year period.
Screened at the British Short Film Festival and Cardiff Animation Festival 1995-6 and New Visions Festival, Glasgow 1995. Screened as part of Tabula Rasa, 2002.