by Petra Bauer

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  • 1Petra Bauer, SIsters! trailer, 2011


  • 1Petra Bauer, Sisters! film still, 2011

Petra Bauer, Sisters! film still, 2011


Sisters! is a collaboration between Swedish artist Petra Bauer and the Southall Black Sisters - the radical, pioneering London-based feminist organisation, who since 1979 have politically engaged in the contemporary social and political conditions of black and minority women.

Sisters! is not a film about the Southall Black Sisters, but is a two-way project between Bauer and the staff at the organisation. Documenting one week in the life of the organisation, the film takes their daily activities as a springboard for a visual discussion on feminism, politics and aesthetics in today's society.

The film asks what happens when questions from the 1970s Women's Liberation Movement (particularly those explored by feminist film collectives from the time) are posed in a contemporary political setting; and consequently what are the important feminist issues of today and what are the pressing issues for today's black and minority women?


Year 2011
Duration 72 minutes
Medium Single video projection
Original format XDCAM HD 422
Screening format MPEG-2 HD
Aspect ratio 2.35:1
Audio Yes
Colour / B&W Colour
Screens 1


Sisters! is a co-commission by The Showroom and Picture This, funded by Bloomberg, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee and IASPIS. It is part of Circular Facts, funded with support from the European Commission.

Screening History:

The Showroom, London, UK
29 September - 19 November 2011

Picture This, Bristol, UK
18 November - 17 December 2011

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Petra Bauer

Petra Bauer’s films explore the possibilities of storytelling through the form of documentary making.

Petra Bauer at The Showroom

'Sisters!' a co-commission between The Showroom and Picture This, opens 28 September.