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A Soft Rebellion in Paradise

Posted on 20.07.2018

A Soft Rebellion in Paradise – a new piece of art for the city of Sheffield

Sheffield artist Chloë Brown has been selected to create an artwork for the city as part of the Making Ways arts programme.

Chloë’s short film for Sheffield entitled ‘A Soft Rebellion in Paradise’ reflects on the history of the city as a place of political activism and will look in particular to highlight the voices of women that are so often lost in the retelling of histories around the world.

In recent years she has been working on a series of what she terms ‘Soft Rebellions’ in post-industrial cities, first in Stoke-on-Trent, then in Detroit and now in Sheffield. These take the form of a film or an event posing the question: ‘what happens when the economic engines of a city slow down but the people don’t?’ So far these ‘Soft Rebellions’ have involved dancing, eating, meeting and applauding in places where it is unusual to do so.

At the core of the film stands a large gathering of women in Paradise Square formed of groups and individuals who are doing positive and inspirational things in the city. Those participating will be asked to be filmed doing a number of ‘soft rebellions’:

  • .  Be silent for a period of time, a reference to the Chartists’ silent protests held in Paradise Square in 1839.
  • .  Applaud in a particular way (The Wigan Clap – the applause used by Northern Soul audiences at Wigan Casino in the 1970’s – her interest in this came out of a conversation she had in Detroit with Motown icon Martha Reeves).
  • .  Perform a poem written by Sheffield-based poet Geraldine Monk that is part song, part chant and part incantation.

 

Opportunity to participate

Chloe is looking for up to 500 women to participate in the film. The filming in Paradise Square by an all-female film crew will take place on Sunday 2nd September 2018. Do you or your group feel inspired by what women are achieving in our city and across the globe? Would you like to be part of this exciting celebration? If so you can sign up on Eventbrite.

A Soft Rebellion in Pardise forms part of Making Ways, a new programme supported by Sheffield Culture Consortium through Arts Council England to showcase, celebrate and develop the exceptional contemporary visual art produced in the city.

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