United Kingdom, 12 min
A bowling alley, artists, friends, a recording studio, a pregnancy, a baby and universal pop culture, not all necessarily in this order. In Queen, Kathryn Elkin has places, chronology, memories and words clash together. She creates a film of rapid prosody like a bowling bowl thrown at high speed, obliterating the very sense of performance. Written and shot during her own pregnancy and the first months in the life of her child, Queen questions the meaning of this experience for the artist: can being a mother be a performance? And for someone for whom the performance of the self is an artistic labour, how does this new form of “labour” come into the equation? The answer inevitably lies in a gesture, in itself performative, into which Kathryn Elkin of course puts much of herself, but that also invites the members of her artistic community to add their voices to the exercise and incidentally propels the spectators into this joyous enterprise where the artist’s ego encounters cultural collective memory. A liberating film!