Lucy Parker, Apologies, 2016. Photo Colin Davison, courtesy AV Festival 2018

Lucy Parker, Apologies, 2016. Photo Colin Davison, courtesy AV Festival 2018

Lucy Parker, Apologies, 2016. Photo Colin Davison, courtesy AV Festival 2018

Lucy Parker, Apologies, 2016. Photo Colin Davison, courtesy AV Festival 2018

Lucy Parker, Apologies, 2016. Photo Colin Davison, courtesy AV Festival 2018

Lucy Parker, Apologies, 2016, film still. Courtesy the artist

Lucy Parker, Apologies, 2016, film still. Courtesy the artist

Lucy Parker, Apologies, 2016, film still. Courtesy the artist

In Lucy Parker’s film Apologies, political theorist Dr Mihaela Mihai asks a law school class ‘Should we just do away with legal apologies all together? Can they ever be commensurate with the harm that has been done?’. The group, brought together for the film, question the worth of apologies delivered by the state or corporations, referencing the 256 blacklisted construction workers who in 2016 secured over £10 million compensation, along with a public apology from the companies involved. Blacklisted construction workers Steve Kennedy and Jack Fawbert join the law class to discuss their reaction to the apology.

In 1919 the Economic League started a blacklist of UK workers, including personal details of trade union members and political ‘troublemakers’. It was succeeded in 1993 by the Consulting Association, which was used by over 40 construction firms to name check prospective workers. When the list was uncovered in 2009, 3213 individuals’ files were found. The blacklist excluded workers from society through prolonged unemployment; the Blacklist Support Group continues to campaign for a public inquiry.

Apologies
Lucy Parker

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Preview: Fri 2nd Mar, 7-10pm

3 March - 31 March 2018

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