Magic Mirror – Works by Sarah Pucill and Claude Cahun

Magic Mirrors - press photos

Magic Mirror: Exhibition of works by Claude Cahun and Sarah Pucill

Date: Friday, April 17, 2015 to Sunday, June 14, 2015
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10am-5pm
Address: Nunnery Gallery, 181 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ, UK

While I was visiting London art writer and editor Anna McNay invited me to join her and  we went to the opening of Magic Mirror, where we met artist Sarah Pucill. Magic Mirror consists of with vintage photos by Claude Cahun from The Jersy Heritage Trust Collection and filmmaker Sarah Pucill’s film Magic Mirror and her photographic works in which she acts, re-enacts and responds to the queer imagery of Claude Cahun’s works. I expecially loved Sarah Pucills cut out stop motion animations which started each ‘chapter’ of her film.

About The Exhibition – Excerpt From The Press release:

‘Nunnery Gallery presents Magic Mirror – a major exhibition of work by French Surrealist artist Claude Cahun and contemporary British artist filmmaker Sarah Pucill. Curated by Karen Le Roy Harris the exhibition runs from 17 April – 14 June 2015 and is part of the Nunnery Gallery’s 2015 In Dialogue season, a year-long exploration of partnerships, artistic inspirations and deeply involved relationships between the artist and the muse. Photographs by both artists will be shown in London, many for the first time.

Sharing an engagement with Surrealism, the layering of Pucill and Cahun’s work embraces the uncanny in relation to the inanimate. Their work explores the idea of a multiple ‘self’ and of looking, as both artists assert a queer gaze between mirror, camera and across two centuries.

 Phtograph by Claude Cahun

Pucill’s film Magic Mirror combines a re-staging of Cahun’s photographs and visualisation of written text from her book Aveux non avenus (Disavowals), transforming Cahun’s work from still to moving image, whilst exploring the relationship between word, photography and sound in film.

Called ‘one of the most curious spirits of our time’ by André Breton, the exhibition will offer a unique perspective on the work of Cahun, who used subversive avant-garde art practice as a form of resistance in Nazi occupied Jersey during WW2.

Cahun (born Lucy Schwob) continually challenged social conformities. Known for her writings she published articles in journals and in 1929 translated Havelock Ellis’ theories on the third gender, which forms part of the gender neutral position Cahun took. ‘Masculine? Feminine? But it depends on the situation. Neuter is the only gender that always suits me’ (Claude Cahun).’

About Sarah Pucill

Sarah Pucill has been making experimental 16mm films since completing her MA at Slade in 1990. Since then her publicly funded films have been screened widely and won awards at major international film festivals as well as being staged in museums and galleries. Her retrospective screenings have included the Tate Britain, BFI Southbank, Ecole des Beaux Arts, Anthology Film Archives (NY), the Millenium, NY and LA FilmForum.

Her feature length film Magic Mirror premiered at Tate Modern in 2013 and has toured internationally with the LUX who published their second DVD of Pucill’s work Magic Mirror in 2014, which followed a compliation of her short films ‘Selected Films 1990-2010‘. She has received Arts Council funding for a second feature-length film that will embrace Cahun’s writing and images in colour. She lives and works in London and is a Reader at University of Westminster.

Anna McNay
Anna McNay at the exhibition with the catalogue and list of works, accompanying Magic Mirror.

Video – ‘Zanele Muholi’ (2013)

Zanele Muholi

Directed by Katherine Fairfax Wright, Malika Zouhali-Worrall and Zanele Muholi (2013).

Award-winning photographer Zanele Muholi, who describes herself as a “visual activist,” has spent years documenting the lives of black lesbians and transgender people in South Africa. This video is dedicated to the memory of Duduzile Zozo, who was brutally raped and murdered in Thokoza, Gauteng Province in South Africa on June 30, 2013.

Theory Boner: Feminist Manifestos

Press release by Jenna Lee Forde/Theory Boner Zine via Facebook

Theory Boner Zine

Theory Boner Zine Open Call for Submissions

Theory Boner [curated by Jenna Lee Forde & Mary Tremonte] is exploring and celebrating intersections of feminist queer and anti-racist theory and creative practice. We are uniting in creative ways to manifest our mutual rejection of the white-supremacist-settler capitalist and heterosexist patriarchy. This is a call for multi-voiced manifestos that incite intentional feminist, queer and anti-racist contemplation about the processes of being here, surviving now, and resisting together. We are in a time when slut walks, flawless talks, pussy riots and black lives matter generate new perspectives and performances. In this climate the measures of domination change, negotiating majority culture changes, and sustaining resistance to and optimism against the white-hetero- patriarchy changes. Theory Boner wants artists and academics to come together and consider our various climates of change through either written or visual work we want your feminist manifesto.

This is our call for your manifesto – your rant, your bitch-fest, your radical rejection, your feminist intentions!

Please send your submissions to by June 30, 2015.

If you’re submitting a written text: 250-500 words max.
if you’re submitting visual work – please submit a jpeg/300dpi file.
Please also include your bio and statement of intent.

For inspiration read this article: The essential feminist manifestos

Ester Fleckner – How to spell a sound that is physical

A work by Ester Fleckner
A woodcut print by Ester Fleckner.


Ester Fleckner – How to spell a sound that is physical

10 April – 9 May 2015 at Avlskarl Gallery, Bredgade 28, Copenhagen, Denmark
Opening hours: Wednesday-Friday 1 pm – 6 pm. Saturday 12 pm – 3 pm.

The exhibition How to spell a sound that is physical shows a new series of woodcut prints by Ester Fleckner. With carvings based on different attempts to depict sheets of paper, screens and racks, the prints vary in intensity, delineating the intersection of traces and layers. At close range you can read handwritten notes, which, in their fragmented form and content, go into dialogue with the prints. The works reflect Fleckner’s processual approach to language, images and physicality exploring the chaotic and insufficient links between them.

The woodcut print is a recurring media for Ester Fleckner. The technique is simple and immediate and the physical resistance of the wood, as well as the printing process allows for differences, errors and a loss of control. As organic and natural material, wood creates a physical dimension of Ester’s exploration into collisions between the body and various cultural norms and ideas.

The exhibition How to spell a sound that is physical is a continuation of Fleckner’s on-going investigation of experiences of displacement, the unfinished and failure in relation to queer navigation and the fluidity of the body.

About Ester Fleckner

Ester Fleckner (b. 1983) is educated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and Goldsmiths University of London.

Night Ship Doc – Trailer


Night Ship Doc by Mox Mäkelä, Finland (2015)
“Ship metamorphosis – a journey from conspicuous consumption waste to glory raised platform (reflective mosaic skin), which manifests for those who are wiser than us and those who live with the author in the living interact.”

About Mox Mäkelä

Mox is a multidisciplinary artist and an avant-garde filmmaker, who is based in Finland. Since the late 70s Mox has presented her artworks at exhibitions in Finland and in Europe. She studied art at Turku Art school 1980-1984. Mox works with sound, image and her writings, and makes installations, assemblages and short films. She makes very low budget short films, and offers the results of her work for free on the Internet. Her recent works include “idiot ibidem“, installation collection, text, film-diary, sound-diary and music adaptation, Suomenlinna, Rantakasarmin galleria, Helsinki, Finland, 2003, Human x – human and x, theme adaptation from an archive collection for the Oulu Art Museum, Finland, and the short film projects: meta matka / Children & Shepherd’s bank, published on online in 2010, and Story Ambient, a spoken word video project launched on the web in 2011.  Her art project “Night Ship” is on display in the outdoor area of the Maritime Centre Vellamo (in the city of Kotka. Finland) from the summer of 2014 through to the summer of 2015.

See Other Posts About Artworks by Mox Mäkelä.