A film, created with the people of Bristol, about the simple political act of sharing a motorcycle ride
'A breathtaking rebuttal to white masculinity’s likely attempts to monopolise a heroic narrative.' REALTIME ARTS
The Ride is a film made and screened for the In Between Time Summit in which two actors (the artist – a veiled Muslim woman – and a cast of people from Bristol) share a motorcycle ride.
On 15–16 December 2014 a lone gunman, held hostage ten customers and eight employees of a Lindt chocolate café in Sydney. Although the motivation of the gunman remained unclear, police treated the event as a terrorist attack resulting in a wave of anti Muslim sentiment across Australia. Forming a viral phenomenon, locals used the Twitter tag #illridewithyou in an invitation to travel together.
The Ride playfully examines the discourse surrounding this trend, which although coming from a will to express solidarity, also revealed undertones of patriarchal protectionism and the white saviour complex.
In the making of The Ride Aydemir cleverly creates an incisive political film out of the simple, playful sharing of a motorcycle ride.
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 image of the veiled woman and lived experience.
BANNER IMAGE: THE RIDE, CIGDEM AYDEMIR © CIGDEM AYDEMIR