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Spade
3min, DV, 2002

Spade documents a journey through a selection of retail outlets in one typical south London High Street, accompanied by the Nina Simone track, ‘Take Me To The Water’ At first we see footage of people at work, on shop floors, behind counters and at desks. Finally we witness each character raising a garden spade to strike a defiant pose reminiscent of communist worker party imagery. This incongruous nod to the imagery of revolutionary Socialism, combined with the Nina Simone soundtrack, imbues an essentially ambiguous action with what could be interpreted as religious, ethnic or class significance. But is this really how we are supposed to read it?

Credits

Director: Charlotte Ginsborg
Editor: Charlotte Ginsborg
Cast: Store owners and employees, Deptford High St, London