Diary

November 3, 2011

London

Faces of the Peaceful Revolution 1989/90

Who were the men and women who fought for peace, human rights, freedom and democracy in the former East Germany, and took part in the peaceful revolution that ultimately led to the fall of the system and reunification? Twenty years after the revolution, many have been forgotten, so Dirk Vogel decided to photograph 63 participants from different regional, professional, political and social backgrounds. Each is shown in a setting of his or her own choice - such as their homes, places of work, in natural surroundings or at sites that were significant during the upheavals. The black and white portraits are complemented by texts highlighting the part played by each individual. The exhibition runs at the German Historical Institute London until 2 February 2012.

London

Sixth European Psychoanalytic Film Festival

Taking place at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts from 3 to 6 November, this year's Institute of Psychoanalysis festival will focus on the theme of Border Crossing: Migration Across National and Mental States. It will open with Ruth Padel reading five poems on migration from her book The Mara Crossing and a showing of Charlie Chaplin's film The Immigrant (1917). On subsequent days, many remarkable European films will be screened, followed by discussions between their directors, psychoanalysts and the audience. Catherine Portuges, professor of comparative literature at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will deliver a lecture on "Exiles, refugees and expatriates: European filmmakers and the illusion of return", and a panel will examine "Myth, fairy tale and film", using as examples Michael Powell's The Red Shoes (1948) and Jean Cocteau's Orphée (1950).

www.psychoanalysis.org.uk/epff6/

Liverpool

Alice in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll's Alice stories have fascinated generations of artists ever since they were published, but this exhibition at Tate Liverpool (from 4 November until 29 January 2012) is the first to trace the whole story from the original manuscripts and John Tenniel's sketches for the first edition, through to the present day. Surrealist artists from the 1930s onwards were fascinated by the fantastical world of Wonderland; conceptual artists focused on its language and its relationship to perception; and Alice was reinvented several more times in pop and psychedelic art. Major figures on display include Salvador Dalí, René Magritte and Peter Blake, while contemporary artists - Anna Gaskell, Annelies Štrba and Torsten Lauschmann - demonstrate Carroll's continuing impact on the exploration of themes such as scale and perspective and the journey from childhood to adulthood.

London

A British Subject

When Mirza Tahir Hussain arrived in Pakistan in 1988, he was an 18-year-old British subject. Twenty-four hours later, a taxi driver was dead - and he was arrested and tried for murder. Although he was condemned to hang, his execution was repeatedly delayed by external factors such as an official visit by Prince Charles, so he spent 18 years on death row before President Pervez Musharraf ordered his release. During that whole period, only one journalist - Don Mackay of the Daily Mirror - visited him. Nichola McAuliffe both wrote and appears in this extraordinary play - a true-life tale of international politics and the media colliding with justice, civil liberties and ultimately faith. It can be seen at the Arts Theatre until 26 November.

London

Bite-Size: Miniature Textiles from Japan and the UK

This exhibition celebrates 15 years of collaboration between leading textile artists from Japan and the UK, facilitated by the University for the Creative Arts. Organised by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation and curated by Lesley Millar, professor of textile culture at the UCA, it consists of highly inventive small-scale works by 51 individuals. Styles range from the delicate to the surprisingly disturbing. It continues at the Japan House Gallery until 14 December.

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