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Day 5. BIRDS EYE VIEW X PRIDE. CURATOR, JO REID – THE SPACES WE CREATE. PINK EXCAVATION, Dir.

DAY 5

PINK EXCAVATION (2018)  

Dir. Natasha Lall

45.47mins

Available on YouTube 

[CC available]

An Glasgow archaeologist from the year 2518 investigates queer culture of the early 21st century.

I first saw Pink Excavation at SQIFF 2018 and have not stopped thinking about it since. In many ways it seems to relate to The Watermelon Woman, both in the way it examines archives and queer history, and in how it also preserves a section of contemporary queer culture through filmmaking. However, where The Watermelon Woman seeks to create queer history where it was hidden, Pink Excavation rejects this need to find ourselves in the past. Self-described ‘shy-fi’, Natasha Lall’s use of low-fi, DIY aesthetics is a reminder that queer art is not often privy to the massive budgets or equipment that mainstream filmmaking affords, but, in my opinion, is all the better for thriving in the margins.

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