We will return to Eastbourne’s fabulous Queens Hotel on Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd February 2019. Our special guest curators will present two programmes each over the weekend, with the remaining programmes presented by the Overnight Film Festival team.
Nasreen Shaikh Jamal Al-Lail
Nasreen Shaikh Jamal Al-Lail is the founder of Variant Space: an art collective that creates a place where Muslim women can express their experiences artistically.
Nasreen’s background in Photography (BA) and Photographic Studies (MA) have given her the ability to interact with the fields in-depth. Her work has been exhibited in England and Saudi Arabia; it focuses on themes of self-identity and the concept of ‘flux’ in a globalised world. The ideas of culture, gender, religion and politics are interlaced subtly in her work.
For Nasreen, it is about giving access to the collective unconscious, memories and ‘selves’ as seen through the lens of her subjective/objective gaze. Ultimately, Nasreen sees her work as a way of life in art, not just a snapshot of a distant thought or endeavour. Her work forces us to ask: who am I and what can I become?
Jen Calleja is a writer, literary translator, musician and activist born and bred in Shoreham-By-Sea in West Sussex and now based in London.
Jen’s poetry collection Serious Justice was published by Test Centre in 2016 and her short fiction, poetry and personal essays have appeared in Ambit, 3:AM magazine, Somesuch Stories, Hotel, The Quietus and Structo. She is working on her first novel and is also currently writing a long-form autobiographical essay on films and TV programmes from her childhood.
She has translated a dozen books from German, including The Pixels of Paul Cezanne by Wim Wenders (Faber & Faber), Nicotine by Gregor Hens (Fitzcarraldo Editions), My Father was a Man on Land and a Whale in the Water by Michelle Steinbeck (Darf Publishing) and Dance by the Canal by Kerstin Hensel (Peirene Press). She was the inaugural Translator in Residence at the British Library and is columnist for literature in translation for the Brixton Review of Books.
For over ten years Jen has played in bands including Sauna Youth, Feature, Monotony and Mind Jail as a drummer and vocalist and she is also a co-director and workshop trainer for the Good Night Out Campaign, a community interest company fighting to end sexual harassment and assault in the night time economy.