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A Treatment of Women: Sappho

As part of the TOC (The Occasion Collective) takeover at Durham Castle, A Treatment of Women presents four female character narratives developed from the stories, myths, whispers, broken memories and forgotten social histories of Durham Castle. Combining contemporary fictional characters with re-imagined historical figures, the four channel film installation was displayed on screens throughout the Castle. The dialogue within each film is a jumbled narration of  film treatment, character profiles, stage directions and in-script dialogue.
Footage shot by Adam Goodwin. 

The presence of Sappho within Durham Castle is an interesting story. A plaster bust of her head and shoulders remains (at time of writing) the only cultural female presence within the Great Hall, which is decorated with portraits of male saints and former 'Masters' of University College (Castle.) Lost to Castle years ago, she was returned severely damaged having been 'trophied' by another University and poorly conserved. Eventually restored by a professional conservator who restored the bust in a historically accurate and sympathetic way, her conservation was documented and guides the narrative of this work. 

A Treatment of Women: Sappho, 2019

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