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Heather Marks

Fugitives in the Archive

Heather Marks

Fugitives in the Archive

Heather Marks, 'Fugitives in the Archive' (2024). Guy Undrill Dancing. Courtesy the artist

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Spike Island presents Fugitives in the Archive, a newly commissioned short film by Heather Marks.

Fugitives in the Archive is a poetic meditation on the fugitivity of enslaved people in Britain. Throughout the 17th and 18th century, hundreds of newspaper advertisements announced the elopement of enslaved servants in Britain with rewards for their capture. Marks’ short film picks up the trail of one such freedom-seeker, a young man called Jeremiah Rowland, who escaped in 1769. Weaving together movement, interviews and critical fabulation, Fugitives in the Archive explores notions of fugitivity and the challenges of reconstructing lesser-known histories when archives provide limited information.

HEATHER MARKS

Heather Marks is a Nigerian-Scottish artist and writer whose work is guided by a commitment to amplifying underrepresented voices and marginalised histories. Marks has a background in writing for performance, creative production and hybrid storytelling. As a creative producer, Marks has curated significant projects such as the hybrid arts festival Conversations with Baldwin, Words of Colour, Bristol (2023), and collaborated on innovative approaches to storytelling and how to engage with archives and collections in her work in publishing and heritage such as No Bindings, Museum of Colour (2022). She is the winner of the 2018 Golden Egg Award for her historical fiction novel, The Disobedients, and one of Acquisition International’s 2023 Influential Businesswomen of the Year.

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