Set in motion by artist Helen McCrorie in 2020, Ban Mòra emerges from a personal and collective need for new forms of artistic collaboration, foregrounding care. It is an invitation to explore filmmaking as social practice, finding ways to blur traditional boundaries between artists, partcipants, viewers and production team. It is also a pledge to try to learn from broader creativity and community activism.
How can we use moving-image to rethink social power structures and to challenge those of artmaking? Ban Mòra resolves to highlight collective authorship and diverse sites of creativity.
The name is inspired by the women of the Isle of Eigg, who led a community buyout, transforming their island into a place that pursues care for people and environment.