The Substation is currently exhibiting a selection of twelve short films exploring the principles of freedom and equality across different cultural contexts. Geelong-based company Back to Back Theatre used a custom-made mobile film set to create deeply moving portraits of twenty-eight local and international communities. In each context participants were given complete control of the set – a sparse cube with two opposing doors – to create live performances and video works around the theme of democracy and the equal enjoyment of all human rights. Run over a period of eight years, in cities and towns including Ballarat, Darwin, Basel, Cardiff and Edinburgh, the project presents unique snapshots of the life and perspectives of diverse localities, opening up new ways of understanding what it means to be human in the 21st century.
Main image by Anna Tregloan courtesy The Substation.
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