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andreazimmerman.jpg Radicalism? Here?

Taking her cue from Martin Luther King’s 1967 speech in Newcastle, Andrea Luka Zimmerman’s new artwork, which is being shown free at the Tyneside Cinema, sees her visiting areas of ‘Radical Tyneside’ to explore themes of poverty, racism and war.

Is this fella considering nipping in for a cocktail at the recently opened Alchemist bar on Newcastle’s Nelson Street, or is he pondering on the fact that the site was once home to Newcastle’s Music Hall, which, in 1851, played host to Lajos Kossuth, an international icon following the Hungarian Revolution of 1848-49?

The pic is a still from Civil Rites, Artist in Residence Andrea Luka Zimmerman’s latest piece at the Tyneside Cinema. When Martin Luther King was in Newcastle he talked about racism, poverty and war, and these themes continue to haunt our lives. The film visits some of the key places in Newcastle’s history of civil resistance with each location filmed in a single fixed shot from dawn to dusk.

Accompanying alternate images are edited responses from more than two dozen interviews conducted with older and recently arrived residents who were asked: What does the word poverty mean to you? Why does racism exist? Why do you think war has not been eradicated? It’s good to see that the Tyneside Cinema remains at the forefront of Radical Tyneside today. (Note: There will be a walking tour of the sites on Saturday 9 December with Pat Garrett, Rosie Lewis and Andrea Luka Zimmerman. More details from the cinema’s website.)

Andrea Luka Zimmerman: Civil Rites, 7 December-22 January, free. Preview plus artist talk: Thursday 7 December, 5.30-7.30pm. Tyneside Cinema, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle. tynesidecinema.co.uk/civil-rites