image by Liane Harris
Helena Appio is a Nigerian-born artist and an award winning film maker, textile designer, artist and educator. She studied at The Central School of Art and received a First Class Honours in Printed Textiles and Fashion from Middlesex Polytechnic. Her creative output defies easy classification but exhibits a profound commitment to the stories of humble people existing outside the media limelight, whose everyday work makes a difference in the world.
Arnolfini presents two of her documentaries, as part of an expanded programme curated in response to Hassan Hajjaj: The Path.
DJ Derek’s Sweet Memory Sounds, made for the BBC in 1994 (30 minutes), is a portrait of the much-loved late Bristolian DJ, and former Cadbury’s Accountant known as ‘the blackest white man in Britain’, a key influence on Don Letts and Massive Attack.
A Portrait of Mr Pink (1998, 15 minutes) tells the story of a Jamaican singer who settled in Lewisham in the 1950s, worked as a refuse collector and street cleaner, and whose vividly painted house dazzled all who passed it.
The two films share a wonder for the stories of seemingly very ordinary people who did something extraordinary, sharing creative passions which brought people together.
The two films will be screened back to back and shown on loop throughout the day.