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Act I: Food&Film: Our Sexuality Is a Battlefield
Institute of Contemporary Arts
Swords wrapped by flame-coloured materials in a tangled flowing pattern
Visuals by Food&Film. Rating: 18.

Paris-based collective Les Froufrous de Lilith (Camille Zéhenne and Bulle Meignan) bring their Food&Film bring a curated collection of films to the ICA – ethnology, archive, art, animation, erotic, YouTube video, music video, adverts, amateur – in narrative, documentary and experimental forms, with vegetarian food served during the show. The screening opens (G)Round Up!, a special weekend of events co-curated by the Paris-based cinema collective La Clef Revival.

In 1971, French queer theorist and campaigner Guy Hocquenghem wrote an article promoting the Homosexual Front for Revolutionary Action (FHAR), a radical campaigning group he had helped to establish in Paris the same year. ‘You are individually responsible,’ wrote Hocquenghem, ‘for the vile mutilation that you have done to us by reproaching us for our desire.’ Hocquenghem’s words helped to usher in a struggle that inextricably bound a free sexuality with questions of identity – and with sexualities seen as political stakeholders in these struggles. 

Sometimes funny, sometimes militant and always political, this programme revives the LGBTGI+ consideration of sexualities as activism, enjoyment, public existence and personal fulfilment – all at once.

The event will be followed by DJ sets in the ICA Bar by Diat Bike Dub and Arthur Poujois.

Good Times, Fred Morin, 2012, 58 min. 

Chapter 1: I Saw God. She’s Black, Communist and Lesbian. 
Sluts and Goddesses (excerpt), Maria Beatty & Annie Sprinkle, 1992, 8 min.
The Not So Subtle Subtext, Sarah Rotella, 2011, 5 min. 
I Still Love Them (Je les aime encore), Marie-Pierre Grenier, 2010, 13 min. 

Chapter 2: Workers of All Countries Touch Yourselves 
Sluts and Goddesses (excerpt), Maria Beatty & Annie Sprinkle, 1992, 3 min.
Wings (excerpt), William A Wellman, 1927, 3 min. 
Pehlivan, Maurice Pialat, 1964, 13 min. 
Dyke Tactics, Barbara Hammer, 1973, 4 min. 

Chapter 3: Social Plague 
But I’m a Cheerleader (excerpt), Jamie Babbit, 1999, 4 min. 

Chapter 4: Three Billion Perverts 
The Gay Brothers, William Kennedy Laurie Dickson, 1895, 17 sec. 
Romy & Laure… and the Mystery of the Enchanted Plug (Romy & Laure… et le mystère du plug enchanté), Laure Giappiconi & Romy Alizée, 2021, 11 min. 
Pornation, River, 2012, 10 min. 

All films are ad-free and 18+ unless otherwise stated, and start with a 10 min. curated selection of trailers.

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