Sarah Browne and Jenny Richards present their curatorial project, FALLOUT / falling out: a cinema of work injury.

FALLOUT / falling out applies the consideration of ‘work injury’ to artist and activist film and video. Through a series of screening events created as ‘hazards bulletins’, FALLOUT / falling out tests how modes of viewing artist cinema, and methods of feminist group work, could be used to explore new understandings of bodies, class and labour. Bulletin #1 is made with Mark Catlin and Women and Work Hazards. Invited respondents in Dublin are Paula Geraghty, Tara Carroll and Áine O’Hara.

The bulletin includes extracts from previously censored occupational safety films preserved by Mark Caitlin, an Industrial Hygienist, Labour Organiser and independent film archivist based in the USA. These films were primarily commissioned by Occupational Safety and Health Administration in the USA by the Carter administration, were later recalled by the Regan administration in 1981, and are now distributed via Mark’s YouTube channel. Bulletin #1 also includes clips of discussions with members of the Women and Work Hazards Group which was started in 1977 by women in the British Society for Social Responsibility in Science (BSSRS), who brought concerns of the women’s health movement and gendered struggles at work to trade union organising.

These interviews and video clips frame two films presented as part of Bulletin #1:
The Invisible Hand of My Father by Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze (2018, 24 minutes, Georgia)
They Call us Maids: The Domestic Workers' Story by Leeds Animation Collective with Justice 4 Domestic Workers (2015, 7 minutes, UK)

Jenny and Sarah will also share a new printable online publication for the project designed by Take Courage.

FALLOUT / falling out has been supported by Project Arts Centre and the Arts Council.

Content note: this screening contains accounts of work injuries, including sexual harassment, racism and workplace violence.

Accessibility: The screening event will happen in Studio 6 of Temple Bar Gallery + Studios.

The building has two entrances. These entrances are on a narrow path a step up from a cobblestone road. The entrance to the gallery is located on Temple Bar Street, opposite the corner of Temple Bar Square. There is a disabled car parking space located 180 metres from the gallery. See map here. The inside of the building is wheelchair accessible. There is an elevator from the ground floor to all other floors. All-gender toilet facilities are available including a wheelchair accessible toilet on the ground floor. No changing facilities are available in the building. Guide and assistance dogs are welcome in TBG+S.

This is a relaxed screening. A range of seating and light snacks will be provided. Masks are encouraged for the safety and comfort of other participants. Videos are captioned and a transcript of the video ‘bulletin’ and the videos themselves will be made available online for download, as a way for a wider audience to create their own screenings, and discussions around work injury.

Contributor Biographies

Sarah Browne is an artist concerned with spoken and unspoken, bodily experiences of knowledge, labour and justice. Her practice involves sculpture, film, writing and performance. Her recent projects include Echo’s Bones, a collaborative filmmaking project with autistic young people responding to works by Samuel Beckett, commissioned by Fingal County Council (2022), and Public feeling , a series of participatory performances in leisure centres commissioned by South Dublin County Council (2019). In 2020 she curated TULCA Festival of Visual Arts, Galway, with a project titled The Law is a White Dog. She is associate artist with University College Dublin College of Social Sciences and Law.

Jenny Richards’ research focuses on the politics of work, health and the body and is developed through collaborative and collective practices. She is a doctoral candidate on the KTD programme at Konstfack and KTH, Stockholm. The Phd project 'Against the Outsourced Body' examines the effect and resistance to the expansion of individualized and outsourced care work. She was previously co-director of Konsthall C, Stockholm where together with Anna Ahlstrand and Jens Strandberg they developed Home Works, an exhibition programme exploring the politics of domestic work and the home. Manual Labours, initiated in 2012 is an ongoing collaborative research project with Sophie Hope investigating physical relationship to work.

Paula Geraghty is a pioneering video journalist and photographer who has been involved in media activism for over 20 years. Her Youtube channel Trade Union TV has documented activism on the island of Ireland under austerity from 2009-2017. Paula's work has been broadcast on BBC TV, RTE, Channel 4, Ard, Telesur, and features in many documentaries on women's and workers’ rights. As a videographer she has worked with many Trade Unions, NGOs and community groups, including the Migrant Rights centre, SIPTU, Mandate, Unite the Union, Irish Traveller Movement, and Claiming Our Future, among others. She is a member of A4 Sounds, the National Union of Journalists and Praxis Artist Union.

Tara Carroll and Áine O’Haraare multidisciplinary artists who work together as Chronic Collective, a curatorial and artistic collective focusing on performance and accessibility. Chronic Collective creates opportunities to platform disabled and/or chronically ill artists' work in a supportive and care-focused environment catering to individual needs with a view to alleviating some of the barriers faced when creating and exhibiting work. Most recently they curated a programme of events working through art, illness, and disability for Pallas Projects in 2022. @chronicartcollective

This event takes place as part of Dublin Art Book Fair 2022: A Caring Matter, sponsored by Henry J Lyons and supported by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature.