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Teachers’ Private View: Mark of Cane: Kat Anderson

Tuesday 12th March 2024 , 5:45pm to 7:30pm

Join us to see our latest show, participate in an informal drop-in workshop, and meet with the Learning team. This event is a great opportunity to find out more about what we do, see examples of recent projects and discuss how we can support visual arts provision at your school, but also to relax, chat and make. Food and wine provided.

More details of the drop-in workshop will be announced nearer to the event. All materials will be provided.

Mark of Cane explores the impact of sugar on the African-Caribbean Diaspora, confronting the haunting legacies of the Industrial Revolution and the Transatlantic Slave trade.

Bow Arts is delighted to present a solo exhibition by Kat Anderson, winner of the inaugural East London Art Prize. Anderson will premiere ‘Las, Fiya’ (‘Last, Fire’), a fictional short film which uses the genre of Horror to explore the subjects of ancestral trauma, dispossession and the power in the return/retrieval. The exhibition is an immersive, audio-visual experience, centred around the new single-channel, fictional short film, and accompanied by new paperworks.

Shot largely on an existing sugarcane farm in Jamaica, the film weaves historical methods of harvesting sugarcane and sugar production with the cinematic concept of the ‘Origin Story’. The accompanying series of paperworks have been hand-made from the extracted by-products of sugarcane, produced as part of Anderson’s residency at UCL East, where a special cane crusher and boiler furnace will be used to extract materials for the paper-making process.

In line with the larger project ‘Episodes of Horror’, Mark of Cane questions the emancipatory potential of creativity, reclamation and listening to history. Sugarcane becomes a vessel, both narratively and materially, for an imaginative and impactful examination of colonial histories. The work invites conversations around the forced and coerced movements of Black African-Caribbean people, from slavery through to the Windrush generation and its subsequent scandal.

Kat Anderson was the winner of the inaugural East London Art Prize in 2023. The winner of the prize presents the winner’s solo exhibition the following year. More on the East London Art Prize.

Anderson’s film has been supported by funds from Arts Council England and produced with support from Spike Island, Bristol.

Please note this event is specifically for teachers and those working in schools and education settings; please get in touch with Tom, Learning Project Manager, if you have any questions – tsherriff@bowarts.com

Still from Mark of Cane
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