'A breathtaking rebuttal to white masculinity’s likely attempts to monopolise a heroic narrative.' REALTIME ARTS
YOU CAN JOIN IN THE RIDE
Sit on the back of a motorcycle and take an imaginary ride across an iconic Australian landscape.
You will be given a simple set of instructions, can choose your costume to help you get into the spirit, then you will be invited onto the back of the static motorcycle with Cigdem Aydemir. There will be a short rehearsal before filming and then the filming itself will take about 5 minutes. You will NOT be required to speak any lines during the filming.
All of the motorcycle rides will be filmed and then knitted together to make one incredible artwork. The resulting film will be shown at the Arnolfini during the In Between Time Summit 11-13th October 10am – 6pm in the Dark Studio.
More about The Ride
On 15-16 December 2014, a lone gunman held hostage ten customers and eight employees of a Lindt chocolate cafe 1n Sydney. Although the motivation of the gunman remained unclear, the media’s portrayal of him as the quintessential Islamic threat, stoked pre-existing Islamophobic fears in the public. Forming a viral phenomenon, locals used the Twitter tag #illridewithyou to offer solidarity with Muslims and an invitation to travel with them in order to protect them.
In The Ride, artist Cigdem Aydemir, looks at the #illridewithyou trend, observing that while the viral hashtag arose from a will to express solidarity and support, it could also be viewed as a patriarchal gesture that is reminiscent of the white saviour complex. Aydemir brings these ideas to the fore in the simple, playful sharing of a motorcycle ride. She also offers audiences an opportunity to challenge the patriarchy and the idea that Muslim women are oppressed and awaiting saviour.
Presented by In Between Time with Arnolfini as part of the In Between Time Summit and the Still I Rise expanded programme.
Cigdem Aydemir is a Sydney-based artist working in installation, performance and video art. Her socially and politically engaged art practice uses play, criticism and humour to create possibilities for communication. Much of her work explores the images of the veiled women in the West , born out of lived experience and her identity as a proud Muslim woman.
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