My Mum's A Tap Dancer

This is a project I started to make in 1986. I filmed my mum tap dancing in her kitchen using a handheld super8 camera. The piece was about domestic work and the dancing represented a kind of beating frustration recognised throughout diverse cultures. I used tap dancing because my Mum was a tap dancer in her youth and because tap dancing can be traced to clog dancing and to slavery. The project wasnt finished.


In 2014, I was developing the UN-REST exhibition at Victoria Baths and dug out this footage. My Mum now lives with dementia and I filmed her watching the footage and remembering the music I could never have known how I would finally complete this work.



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