‘A woman without a donkey – is a donkey’ Ethiopian saying
There are 6.2 million working donkeys in Ethiopia. When they are fit and healthy they carry water to villages and goods to market. In both rural and urban areas they form the backbone of the local transport and haulage system and provide an income for the poorest families. If they become sick or injured then the work of carrying water and heavy loads to market will usually fall to women. The welfare of donkeys can be a matter of life and death.
1 forward 2 back by Javed Khan
A group ranging from experienced artists to complete beginners was drawn together in the winter of 2010-11 by Kingston Museum to produce a response to the Muybridge Revolutions exhibition at the Museum.
Working alongside myself, filmmaker Susi Arnott and the Museum’s Learning and Access Officer Caroline Burt, the group studied photography and time lapse techniques. Using inexpensive compact stills cameras, each member produced work on the cusp between still and moving images. Their work uses Muybridge’s techniques and themes of time and movement to explore their lives in Kingston, London.
See the group’s work at www.muybridge.co.uk
Collaboration with film-maker Susi Arnott has included commissions for NGOs and participatory projects, as well as gallery work. ‘Comma’ is a film Susi made inspired by her work with Professor Andrea Sella of University College London, with whom I’m also working later this year. We hope to bring all three minds to bear on a joint project soon.
‘Comma’ by Susi Arnott