January 20 – March 18, 2023
Made in conversation with herbalist Rasheeqa Ahmad and financial services regulator Rachel Bardiger, Alternative Economies (2021) reads the imperialist exploits of the Disney character Scrooge McDuck adjacent to the apparently radical yet deeply compromised promises of cryptocurrency. Between these two strands, possibilities for an alternative network of exchange and subsistence are sought.
28 minutes, Colour, Stereo, 16:9
Original format: 16mm film / 2K Video
With Rasheeqa Ahmad and Rachel Bardiger
Sound excerpts Julie Hyman, Oliver Pursche, Adam Shapiro, Tendayi Kapfidze, Shermin Voshmgir
Camera, direct animation, sound, edit Rehana Zaman
Film telecine James Holcombe
Colourist Jason R. Moffat
Sound mixing James Bull
Commissioned by Borås Art Biennial 2021
Rehana Zaman is an artist from Heckmondwike, raised by her Pakistani mother, five sisters and three brothers. Her work speaks to questions of kinship and sociality, seeking out possibilities of intimacy and transgression within inhospitable contexts. Conversation and cooperative methods sit at the heart of her films, performances and group work. Rehana lives and works in London.
She has exhibited widely in the UK and Internationally. Recent presentations include Serpentine Projects (forthcoming 2022) British Art Show 9 (Touring), ICA Miami, Trinity Square Video, Toronto, Borås International Sculpture Biennial (Sweden), Artist Film International Whitechapel, London and worldwide. In 2019 she co-edited Tongueswith Taylor Le Melle, published by PSS and was shortlisted for the Film London Jarman Award. She is currently a board member of not/nowhere artist workers cooperative and her films are distributed by LUX.