Helen Cammock: Concrete Feathers and Porcelain Tacks

Concrete Feathers and Porcelain Tacks is a new film and installation project from artist, Helen Cammock.

Continuing a practice which harnesses film, photography, print, text, song and performance to explore social histories and interrogate mainstream historical narratives, Cammock brings together residents and community groups of Rochdale, Greater Manchester to articulate both individual and collective experiences as a way of considering what it means to exist as part of a community.

Taking the ideals and ethos of the influential Rochdale Principles of Co-operation established in 1844, as a point of departure, Cammock looks to reconnect with these ideas through open dialogues with residents of Rochdale. The physical and historical landscape of Rochdale town and its surrounding areas form both the backdrop and foreground for a film work that celebrates and interrogates what the principles of social collective co-operation can bring to a community. The film also traces the artist’s and participants’ encounters with a variety of objects drawn from the public art collection and archive at Touchstones, Rochdale’s chief public gallery and museum.

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