War & Peace
ReFraming by Korinna McRobert 2012 (68min) was screened in the Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club, 5 Waterloo Crescent, Dover CT16 1LA on September 6th 2012 6.30pm in front of an audience of 35 people.
Korinna McRobert completed her new video work, ReFraming, during a one-month residency-internship in July with Dover Arts Development (DAD), as part of DAD’s War & Peace programme.
The film footage was shot in Cyprus with Emilie Kengmo Chappatte in March 2012 and in choosing the port of Dover as a sanctuary in which to edit the film, the artist makes an oblique reference to the maternal. Her mother, a Greek Cypriot refugee, was exiled from the port of Famagusta during the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus. Her father is a British immigrant and Korinna’s practice focuses on hybridity and war, with a focus on the body.
The film focuses on the rape the artist experienced in her teens and is a performative and filmic exploration of trauma using visual and oral dialogue, from a female standpoint. The film suggests multiple parallels between invasion and rape: the act of controlling and taking what is not given, whether it is a body, land, resources or spiritual identity.
“When I conceived the idea of this piece I was troubled by family, as a theme, as an institution, as a general set-up, as well as my personal one. The piece uses only domestic materials, even ‘home-video’ cameras, to create the tapestry that was the confrontation of abuse within that context. As well as the clear therapeutic aspect of the activity, a clear creative process emerged, an exchange between two women in dialogue over a very common but also rarely expressed female experience.” (Korinna McRobert)
“For me a liberating journey. Working together as artists and close friends allowed for the trust and spontaneity which gave me the freedom to use the camera as an extension of myself and to thus enter the intimacy of Korinna’s performances. Doing so, for me, led to the disintegration of a barrier between camera and performer, which will hopefully translate to a similar experience for audience members encountering this film.” (Emilie Kengmo Chappatte)
Korinna and Emilie stayed on to answer some wide-ranging questions from the audience. Audience responses to this courageous film ranged from “I’m exhausted” to “It was refreshing to be taken out of my comfort zone.”
Korinna McRobert worked as part of the crew for DAD’s feature documentary Watermark in her last year at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) spending a total of three weeks in Dover. She graduated from UCA in 2011 with a First Class Honours degree in Video Arts Production, with a focus on performance and video.
Emilie Kengmo Chappatte is a documentary filmmaker and performer originally from Cameroon and Switzerland. She graduated from UCA in 2010, having studied Film Production, and has recently obtained her Master’s Degree in Visual Anthropology at the University of Manchester.