> HELEN ANNA FLANAGAN (ing)
Swamps & Ponds
The film Swamps & Ponds is loosely based on the speculative origins of a community of peasants known as the Toxicophagi. The Toxicophagi built up resistance to the poison arsenic, by regularly consuming it. This poison was used as a symbolic starting point to explore the power of invisible substances or structures and the tolerance of an overlooked collective. By repurposing this compound, the film explores the implications substances and ‘invisible’ toxic forces have on an environment and those who inhabit it, looking further at hierarchies, power, subcultures and intoxication.
Helen Anna Flanagan (1988, Birmingham) graduated with a MA from AKV St Joost, Netherlands and her BA from Falmouth College of Arts, UK. She has exhibited widely and shown in a number of international festivals, such as Go Short International Film Festival (NL), November Film Festival (UK), Film and Video Poetry Symposium (USA), Plymouth Contemporary 2017 (UK) and Art Rotterdam (NL). Helen has participated in a number of residency programs at Izolyatsia, Kiev; Forum Stadtpark, Graz; Bucharest AIR, Romania; bb15, Linz; Metal, Southend-on-sea; and Atelierhaus Salzamt, Linz. Helen is currently part of the post-academic residency at HISK in 2019 and 2020.