Noor Afshan Mirza and Brad Butler: The Scar

Sarah Perks (Curator)

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Noor Afshan Mirza and Brad Butler: The Scar was a major solo exhibition for which Professor Sarah Perks was sole curator with c10,000 attendance presented at HOME in Manchester Sat 10 Feb 2018 – Mon 2 Apr 2018. As part of this exhibition, Perks commissioned and produced The Scar, both a multi-channel installation and a feature film. The Scar weaves together conspiracy, gangster, noir, politics, crash theory, fantasy and reality into a disrupted narrative and genre exploration that ignites a gender revolution. Professor Sarah Perks and artists Noor Afshan Mirza and Brad Butler pitched the treatment at CPH:DOX, one of Europe’s most important documentary forums. The Scar received funding from FLAMIN (Film London), HOME, University of Salford Art Collection, Spectre Productions, Delfina Foundation, Centre national des arts plastiques France, Edith-Russ-Haus Germany, and àngels barcelona.

As part of the curatorial process, there were four workshops in London and Istanbul with invited scholars, actors and writers including novelist Birgül Oguz and actor Khalid Abdalla (The Kite Runner) where we discussed key texts such as Caliban and the Witch by Silvia Federici (1998) and studied at length the incident of the Susurluk car crash took place on 3 November 1996 in Turkey's Balıkesir Province. In this car was a senior police officer, a far-right militant (wanted by Interpol), a Kurdish MP and a beauty queen. We researched the coverage of her and began to speculate a narrative where she gets out of the car, which ended up with ‘The Gossip’ stories of resistance by women globally, and a series of ‘Resistant Dead’ performances about state violence. The Scar then toured to The Delfina Foundation, London (October 2018), LOOP Barcelona (November 2018) and Edith-Russ Haus, Germany (November 2018). The feature film premiered at the BFI London Film Festival.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 10 Feb 2018

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