Cinenova is a volunteer-run organisation based in London dedicated to preserving and distributing the work of women/feminist film and video makers. It was founded in 1991 following the merger of Circles and Cinema of Women, each formed in the early 1980s. Cinenova currently distributes over 500 titles that include experimental film, narrative feature films, artists’ film and video, documentary and educational videos made from the 1920s to the present. The thematics in the work at Cinenova include oppositional histories, post-colonial struggles, domestic and care work, representation of gender and sexuality, and importantly, the relations and alliances between these different struggles.’ http://cinenova.org//
Since 2012, I have been a member of the Cinenova working group. The group seeks both to keep the collection together and to distribute the films. What we understand as distribution, besides sending out the films, is the compilation of film programmes and exhibitions, the collaboration with individuals and groups, as well as watching films as a social practice. In the following, I would like to introduce some of the projects.
Cinenova working group: Cay Castagnetto, Megan Fraser, Emma Hedditch, Karolin Meunier, Charlotte Procter, Irene Revell, Sandra Schäfer, Kerstin Schrödinger, Marina Vishmidt.
Exhibition Reproductive Labour, The Showroom, London, 2011