As part of Queer Company, we were delighted to support Ames to continue to develop their video work 4:3.
This short film explores Ames' experiences of growing up queer in the 1990s, under Section 28* and in a small, Northern town (very similar to St Helens); with nowhere to go apart from television.
From Willow and Tara in Buffy to Ellen (coming out) on Oprah, TV’s few queer characters were sought out by a young Ames - to be watched and studied.
"Did I fancy them or did I just want to be them? Like Lacan’s mirror stage, where children look for their likeness in things, but the mirror and stage have gone a bit bent. "
4:3 premiered at Homotopia Festival in 2020 and became and important focal point for conversations with members of the LGBTQIA+ community exploring connection, identity, representation and celebrating queer icons of past and present, inspiring Ames to create a new artwork called QUEER TREATMENT.
*Section 28 instated in 1988 declared that a local authority "shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality" meaning that homosexuality could not be taught in mainstream education.