The Free Sea – screening & discussion | Friday 28 November 2014, 6.30pm for a 7pm start

The Free Sea – screening and discussion

Friday 28 November 2014, 6:30pm for a 7pm start

Hanna Husberg & Laura McLean

Discussion panel: Ayesha Hameed, Ele Carpenter

We invite you to join us on Friday 28th November at GV Art for the London premiere screening of The Free Sea, followed by a discussion with the artists and invited panelists.

The Free Sea explores the Maldives as a state constituted and unbound by the cultural, political, economic, and material flows of late capitalism and anthropogenic climate change.

Considering the impacts of sea level rise on the low-lying island nation, the film reflects on these islands as geo-bodies of identity, sovereignty, and prosperity threatened by the breaching of coastal and climatic thresholds. The forecast dissolution of these islands represents an ontological loss of definition, and crisis of representation for objects and subjects, registering across local and global scales and systems of knowledge.

As plans are proposed for the future resettlement of a diaspora without homeland, The Free Sea traces consequences of this crisis, considering potential positions for new human beings subject to a complex of technological and legal systems, but afforded rights by none.

The film emerges from the Contingent Movements Archive, a research project by Hanna Husberg & Laura McLean initiated for the inaugural Maldives Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale, and further developed for ‘Adapting in the Anthropocene’ at UNESCO, Paris.

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Tickets are free for the screening and the talk, however we ask you to RSVP via Eventbrite below


Hanna Husberg is a Stockholm-based artist, and currently a Phd in Practice candidate at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Through a focus on the troubled atmosphere her practice investigates how we perceive, and relate to anthropogenic climate change.

Laura McLean is a curator, writer, and researcher based in London, examining the ontological repercussions of the Anthropocene for contemporary art, and the emergent positions of post-national, decentered subjectivities.

Ayesha Hameed is a lecturer in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths College. Her work explores contemporary borders and migration, critical race theory, Walter Benjamin, and visual cultures of the Black Atlantic.

Ele Carpenter is a curator, writer (and sometimes artist) in politicised art and interdisciplinary social networks of making. Her curatorial research into Nuclear Culture is a partnership between The Arts Catalyst and Goldsmiths College, where she is a Senior Lecturer in MFA Curating.

The Contingent Movements Archive and The Free Sea have been funded with support from the Australia Council for the Arts and Frame Visual Art Finland.

Martin Beney