Deborah Findlater: Sacred Space


Preview: Thursday 14 November 2019, 6.30–8.30PM

15 Nov–15 Dec 2019

OPEN Wed–Sun 12–6PM

Sacred Space is a new commission by South-London based video artist and filmmaker Deborah Findlater.

New work exploring the healing power of touch and restorative rituals is presented across a multi-channel video installation, floor work and written text panels. Sacred Space asks how one preserves, protects & maintains themselves as part of a community? How the self functions in relation to others and what wholeness looks like for Black Womxn?

The works have developed from an auto-biographical position and positions shared that centre a politics of pleasure – pleasure in being made up, of getting one’s appearance tended to, as actions of intimacy, presence, power and sensuality. Whilst also thinking politically about the spaces where these acts and rituals happen, the home, the bedroom, the beauty salon.

Sacred Space sites its references with Black feminist practices, discourses and writing that investigate pleasure and erotics including Pleasure Activism by Adrienne Maree Brown & Audre Lorde’s uses of the erotic, as political and social tools of resistance, subversion, and imagination.

Sacred Space continues Cubitt’s Structures That Cooperate programme curated by Louise Shelley, a 15 month series of exhibitions, events, workshops and research departing from Cubitt’s position as an artist run cooperative and how this can shape and support collective concerns as cultural workers.


Deborah Findlater is a video artist and filmmaker from South London. She is drawn to working with montage, installation and found footage in order to dissect the construction of narrative. Also a writer and DJ, her work takes on poetic qualities through its rhythmic use of voice, words and sound. Thematically, she is committed to exploring issues surrounding working class Blackness in Britain and Black Womxnhood. She is currently studying MA Experimental Film at Kingston School of Art and a member of London based QTIPOC led sound system Black Obsidian Sound System (B.O.S.S.).

diagram credit: ‘Rewriting the Rules’ by Meg Barker

Cubitt Gallery is part of an artist-led organisation based in Islington, London. We promote innovative curatorial practice with an 18-month Bursary, supporting curators at the beginning of their careers.

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