The earth of the Revolution: Film Launch and Artist Talk with Paloma Polo and Dara Bascara

Still from The earth of the Revolution, 2019; courtesy Paloma Polo

Join us for the launch of The earth of the Revolution, Paloma Polo’s new feature film emerging from her ongoing research in the ecopolitical struggles in the Philippines.

In conjunction with the launch of the film Arts Catalyst will host a conversation between the artist and filipino researcher Dara Bascara, where the artist and the researcher will focus on the role of women within and beyond the context of the guerrilla.
Emerging from Polo’s research in the Philippines, cultivated over three years, and during which time the artist located herself at the heart of the ongoing democratic struggles in the region – a struggle in which marginalised countryside communities are actively fighting for democratic and progressive transformations, emancipation and the common good – this new work offers viewers a glimpse into the political practices that underlie the revolution. Segmented into scenes, the film closely follows the guerrilla as they go about their everyday tasks, from lessons and habitual meetings, reporting and assessments to personal conversations and confidences, moments of solitude and rest. Blurring the distinctions between documentary and artist film, The earth of the Revolution seeks to expand our understanding of how revolution manifests itself in a contemporary context, reflecting on some of the positive human elements and processes that might arise from such conflicts.
The event is part of Towards the Planetary Commons is a new exhibition investigating agency and autonomy in the face of global ecological crises. 
Tickets are £5, booking essential.
Film screening before the event at 4pm (FREE)
The earth of the Revolution will be screened during exhibition opening times at 12, 2, 4pm.
Paloma Polo is an independent researcher and visual artist based in Amsterdam and Luxembourg. Her artistic practice explores subjugated knowledges that can inform the history of knowledge production and the construction of humanely progressive political discourse. She is a member of the International Coordinating Committee of the International League of Peoples’ Struggles (ILPS). Between 2007- 2009 Polo attended De Ateliers art residency program (Amsterdam) and in 2010 Gasworks residency programme (London). Polo was a visiting research fellow in 2013 at the Center for International Studies, University of the Philippines-Diliman. Her later research explorations were hosted by Les Laboratoires D’Aubervilliers research and creation institution (Paris).
Dara Bascara is a doctoral candidate at Birkbeck College, where she has also been teaching undergraduate philosophy modules. The focus of her doctoral research is oppression, and sits in moral, political, and social philosophy. Politically, Bascara is active in various Filipino organisations, mostly geared towards organizing Filipino migrants in the UK, especially nurses and domestic workers. She has also been part of projects in the Philippines: typhoon rehabilitation, anti-mining fact finding missions, Lumad school support.