Deviant Chores

Inga Burrows

Inga Burrows, Deviant Chores, video work in 8 acts, 2011

Burrows conceived this practice-led research project as an experiment in developing a screen vocabulary directed by the presence of the artist’s body and the shift of the filmmaker/artist from behind the camera to being positioned in front of it. Extrapolating concerns about the value of the domestic realm that had been previously explored in still life image construction (Winifred Nicholson) and performance art (Bobby Baker), the research explored the placement of the artist’s own body as the animating agent of the screen tableaux.

Situated between live performance and still life visualisation, the research sought to disrupt the objectification of women’s subjective relationship to domestic space by asking: how might the confines, restrictions, rhythms and routines of the domestic environment present opportunities to develop alternative screen subjectivities that contest and exceed redundant representations of the female form on screen?

Inga Burrows graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1984 with an MA in Printmaking. She then took her graphic skills into the field of filmmaking, making a number of animated and live-action short films. Her animated film Daisy (1990), funded by Greater London Arts Association, was purchased by BBC2.  Between 1991-1994 she studied Directing at The National Film and Television School, Beaconsfield, England. Burrows’ films have been selected for festival screening in the UK and at international Short Film Festivals.  She currently works as a full-time Senior Lecturer at South Wales University, where she continues to develop her moving image art practice, collaborating with colleagues at USW  in institutions outside the UK .  Recent projects include an artist residency in Cardiff Market Hall, which culminated in Lively hood, exhibited in Cardiff Old Library in 2011, and In and Between, a cross-disciplinary research project in collaboration with Drama and English colleagues at USW. Forthcoming projects include an Arts Council Wales funded 9 -month residency entitled ‘Pobol Prism’ in partnership with S4C’s Welsh language Soap Pobol y Cwm.

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