Light Source: Finale Performance and Memorial Reading

Woman with flame

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This event takes place at the British Library. 

As the sun sets in the days after the Summer Solstice, we gather to honour the lives lost to the witch trials.

Amy Kingsmill’s new work will be a dramatic performance in the Poet’s Circle on the British Library Piazza. It will be opened by a memorial reading of the names of some of those accused. A celebration of the real people behind the illusions and a tribute to all the thousands who were demonised. This performance honours the lost relatives, homes, and livelihoods, destroyed by the ‘witch panic’ of the past.

The artist writes:

I was born in Essex, deep in witch-hunter county and grew up learning about English history and its injustices. As a woman, I make work that addresses feminine trauma from a female viewpoint. This is a vital act. I don't claim that I can heal thousands of long dead but hope that Light Source can give something back to these accused people; mothers, daughters, grandmothers, fathers, parents and siblings. This performance seeks to return their humanity and raise the importance of a national memorial for those unjustly persecuted.

Part of Light Source: A Festival of the Accused which explores the true stories of those accused of witchcraft.

Amy Kingsmill is a radical, queer performance artist producing minimalist pain-based ritualistic performance. Her inherently feminist work focuses on transformation & transcendence, combining beauty with arrestingly visceral actions to explore feminine trauma. Since graduating from Central Saint Martin’s (2013) she has 10 years’ experience as a professional performance artist in live art. She has performed internationally including Karachi Biennale 2017, Bleeding Skirt, Tempting Failure International Biennale of Performance Art & Noise 2018, Spill Festival of Performance 2014,Corpus Sonos at LAST Projects Los Angles 2019, Trance Dance at Franko B’s Untouchables 2015, Growth with Rhiannon Aarons in Los Angles 2019 and Tender Blood with Sheree Rose 2015.

Image credit: ‘Light Source Trailer’ by Amy Kingsmill 2021.

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Name: Light Source: Finale Performance and Memorial Reading
Where: British Library St Pancras
When: -
Price: Free Event: £0.00
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