Break the Silence — a Video Diary

Video 45 minutes, English VHS video incor­po­rating Super 8 film, 1990 (GB) Completed during the Masters in Fine Art course, Reading Univer­sity (GB) A DVD with German subti­tles edited by Rainer Nelissen was produced in 2009, German trans­la­tion, Tanya Ury & Amin Farzanefar. Price DVD: 50 Euros Trailer 6 minutes

A mono­logue accom­pa­nies images of the artist at home performing routine domestic tasks. Her voice constructs an elab­o­rate family biog­raphy, where banal events relent­lessly lead to confronta­tion. The medi­ta­tion on sexu­ality, fear, pain and death, presented in bizarre combi­na­tions, seduce the viewer into taking on the vicar­ious role of psycho­log­ical voyeur.

Script, actor, camera, edit: Tanya Ury
Donna Grif­fiths and Piyush Bharania at the Reading Centre for the Deaf
With extracts from the film The Silence” by Ingmar Bergman 1963 (S)
Music: Good Morning Heartache”, Billie Holliday
DVD edit with German subti­tles Rainer Nelissen
German trans­la­tion Tanya Ury and Amin Farzanefar
With thanks to the Fine Art Depart­ment Reading University
and Brack­nell Media Centre

Trailer 6 minutes


1990 Vital States — Subtle Histo­ries, Reading Festival (GB)
1991 Sheffield Media Show (GB)
1991 Nexus, Hull Events week (GB)
1991 Silence Elles Tour­nent — Festival de Films et Videos de Femmes Montréal (CAN)
1991 AVE, Arnhem & Nijmegen festi­vals (NL)
1991 – 92 Colin Walker Fellow­ship in Fine Art screen­ings, Sheffield Hallam Univer­sity (GB)
1992 Solo exhi­bi­tion, Fine Art Depart­ment, Cardiff Insti­tute of Educa­tion, Wales (GB)
1993 Group exhi­bi­tion, 120 Tage Einsamkeit (120 Days of Soli­tude) 68Elf Galerie Cologne (D)
2009 (11.9) Tanya Ury, solo event Bitter-Sweet”, early video works, 8 pm, Bühne der Kulturen (Stages of Diver­sity), Cologne (D) www.buehnederkulturen.…

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