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‘Re-Performing State Memory’ with Artist-in-Residence John Beattie

The National Archives has commissioned an Artist-in-Residence, John Beattie to engage with its collections, to reflect in imaginative ways on the contemporary resonance of particular episodes from the 1921-23 period. John Beattie is working on the creation of a new body of work, which re-stages and brings to life historical and cultural narratives and events from the period. John’s talk will focus on elements of his artistic practice, in particular, how he re-stages and interprets historical themes through the cinematic lens. A short film, ‘PERFORMING NGI.988’ will be screened as part of the talk. In addition, John will discuss how he has been engaging with the National Archives to date, developing new work for exhibition in 2023.