We celebrate women and their influence on the arts in some of the highlights from the Barbican's annual theme, The Art of Change.
Each member of the all-female cast, a close-knit group of non-performers and dance artists, fearlessly takes on the persona of Beverly to convey turbulent, real experiences.
The unusual setting creates a safe space for them to reveal the challenges they have faced and celebrate their endurance with the audience.
Faith’s work with a support group at charity Safer Places underpinned the show, which seeks to raise social consciousness around domestic abuse by supporting women to openly talk about it.
One of these communities was the visitors to Casa Susanna - at a retreat in New Jersey for men who chose to dress as women.
In 2003, at a flea market in Manhattan, antique collectors Robert Swope and Michel Hurst discovered an innocuous looking cardboard box containing almost 400 photographic prints taken at Casa Susanna.
Since the 1980s, Chilean photographer Paz Errázuriz has documented those living on the fringes of society: from trans communities to the homeless.
Here she recounts the stories behind some of her photographs and talks to us about living with her subjects in a brothel during the military regime in Chile.
Barrada takes as her starting point a surreal text by Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine – Agadir (1967) – reflecting on the devastating earthquake of 1960 that destroyed much of the modernist Moroccan city.
Barrada’s multimedia practice has explored questions ranging from migration to abstraction, from fossils to botany, examining the strategies of resistance employed every day in her native Morocco.
'The Town Hall Affair', directed by Elizabeth LeCompte, features extended clips from the film and revisits that explosive night with Enver Chakartash, Ari Fliakos, Greg Mehrten, Erin Mullin, Scott Shepherd, Maura Tierney and Kate Valk playing the real-life participants onstage.
Layered with additional text and footage, 'The Town Hall Affair' draws on experimental techniques to delve into the revolutionary fervour of 1970s’ feminist thinking, and lets us consider who we were then and who we have become.
The Art of Change is the Barbican's 2018 annual theme, presenting bold artistic responses to vital global issues including feminism, climate change and human rights, while providing a platform for voices currently underrepresented in the arts.