NIRE AMAREN ETXEA: TRACING FEMINIST GENEALOGIES IN LA MARCHE DES FEMMES À HENDAYE, MANIFESTATION À HENDAYE AND LES MÈRES ESPAGNOLES

Ros Murray, Arantza Santesteban

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Abstract


This article deals with three works made in 1975 by the
feminist video collectives Les Insoumuses and Vidéa: La
Marche de Femmes à Hendaye, Manifestation à Hendaye
and Les Mères Espagnoles. It explores how these Parisian
feminist video collectives engaged with Basque political
activism in the wake of the final assassinations of the
Franco regime in 1975. We trace the genealogies of these
video tapes as well as those of the activist collectives that
they represent, firstly looking at the complex relationship
between feminist, anti-fascist and anti-imperialist collec-
tives. We then look at these works as particular, situated
examples of videographic border-crossing, looking at the
relationship between borders and the frame. Through an
analysis of faces and faciality, we look at how the videos
develop an aesthetics and politics of resistance, and we
analyse how they ultimately offer an alternative, politi-
cised vision of motherhood, echoing and reinforcing the
vision of motherhood offered by the mothers who are
interviewed on the tapes. Ultimately the article argues
that the prism offered by these extraordinary examples
of DIY, feminist video-activism give us new insights into
the ways in which we might rethink solidarity, offering al-
ternative forms of genealogy through which to approach
collective activism, echoing video genealogies, with their
complex relationship to other forms of activist film, and
feminist genealogies, with their sometimes fraught rela-
tionship with anti-fascist and leftist political activism in
the context of the Long Sixties.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-39
Number of pages34
JournalZINE
Volume02
Publication statusPublished - 25 Nov 2021

Keywords

  • Feminist genealogies
  • Feminist video activism
  • Anti-Francoist activism
  • Les Insoumuses
  • Vidéa
  • Juan Paredes Manot “Txiki”
  • Ángel Otaegui

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