1988, BIRMINGHAM, UK
Gestures of Anatomy uses the location of the launderette to focus on cyclical systems and feedback loops — looking in more depth at the characters who make up a 'social fabric'. It involves five different characters who explore in varying degree the systems that harness them. A female sex worker talks privately about her body, her sweat and desire; a man reflects on his need for breathable, clean materials whilst morphing into an advertisement sales man; a homeless male on the phone communicates his disdain at others judgement and reads about concepts of pollution and purity on his phone; and two girls communicate carelessly about their repetitive hunger, the synchronisation of their periods, and sisterhood.
Gestures of Anatomy reflects on hygiene and routine, thinking about the rhetoric of 'social cleansing' and how individuals are either included or excluded from a social environment.
Helen Anna Flanagan (1988, Birmingham) graduated with a MA from AKV St Joost, Netherlands and her BA from Falmouth College of Arts, UK. She has exhibited widely and shown in a number of international festivals, such as Go Short International Film Festival (NL), November Film Festival (UK), Proyactor Festival de Videoarte (SP), Film and Video Poetry Symposium (USA), Plymouth Contemporary 2017 (UK) and Art Rotterdam (NL). Helen has participated in a number of residency programs at Izolyatsia, Kiev; Forum Stadtpark, Graz; Bucharest AIR, Romania; bb15, Linz; Metal, Southend-on-sea; and Atelierhaus Salzamt, Linz. Helen is the winner of the 2019 IKOB Feminist Art Prize and is part of the post-academic residency at HISK in 2019 and 2020.