Date: 8th November
Location: No 70 Oxford Road, Manchester Metrapoliton University
An afternoon of films and workshop on LGBT+ journeys of recovery and HIV sense-making
About this Event
“We need to feel and be felt by other feeling people”, Will Self – Recoverist Manifesto 2015.
This event will contribute to conversations about LGBT+ mental health and wellbeing, and promote dialogue between local communities, social scientists and artists who have worked in that specific field. The event is part of the ESRC Festival of Social Sciences.
The programme comprises the screening of two films made by researchers exploring intersections between Arts and Anthropology: “My Recoverist Family” by Amanda Ravetz (2017) and “This is My Face” by Angélica Cabezas Pino (2019). The films will be accompanied by Photo-Loo, a hands-on experience led by recovery activist, artist and curator, Mark Prest.
The event will open up reflections about personal experiences from the public, showing that the social sciences can offer something different to the medicalised/ clinical language associated with health issues currently affecting LGBT+ communities and their wellbeing.
The event is aimed at general members of the public, professionals working in the field of mental health and members of the LGBT+ community in Greater Manchester.
1.30 First installment of Photo-Loo, by Mark Prest
2.00pm Screening of “My Recoverist Family”, with introduction by director, Amanda Ravetz.
2.50pm Second installment of Photo-Loo, by Mark Prest.
3.20pm Screening of “This is My Face” with introduction by director, Angélica Cabezas Pino.
4.30pm Photo-Loo final installment.
5.00pm End of event.
My Recoverist Family (Documentary, 2017) by Amanda Ravetz & Huw Wahl: My Recoverist Family is a film exploring the non-linearity of recovery from substance use within the LGBT+ community and beyond. Featuring David Hoyle, Jackie Haynes, Another Adele, Greg Thorpe, Justin Freeman and Mark Prest, with a performance directed by Nick Blackburn. My Recoverist Family was commissioned by Mark Prest for the Portraits of Recovery project UNSEEN: Simultaneous Realities.
This is My Face (Documentary, 2019) by Angélica Cabezas Pino: In Chile, people living with HIV fear stigma, and often conceal their condition and remain silent about what they are going through. “This is My Face” explores what happens when men living with the virus open up about the illness that changed their life trajectories. It follows a creative process whereby they produce photographic portraits that represent their memories and feelings, a process which helps them challenge years of silence, shame, and misrepresentation. A lesson in the power of collaborative storytelling.
Photo-Loo: Framed by a revealing text about power and powerlessness on what Mark Prest is recovering from. Photo-Loo asks how art might be useful to explore our feelings and our conflicted selves. It opens up a temporal, experiential space for Mark (as artist?) and ourselves to trustfully connect and creatively re-imagine who we really are and our place in the world.Mark will guide people in making a self-portrait using a set of instructions which ask people to consider and then visually express their feelings and internal conflicts. These portraits act as a form of dialogue and art making for sharing and talking about our ‘shit’ towards a more authentic presentation of self. The resulting Polaroid’s will form an accumulative online presence that visually articulates a better collective identity fit.