Blacklist - Lucy Paker
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Lucy Parker

15 November – 6 December 2015
Fri–Sun, 12—5pm or by appointment

Preview: Sunday 15 November 2015, 3pm with speaker Mike Hughes
Closing event: Friday 4 December 2015, 6:30pm on the subject of endings

Artist Filmmaker Lucy Parker is in residence at Rhubaba to reflect on her year-long research into the experiences of blacklisted construction workers and to work towards the production of a film. The residency will culminate in a presentation of her research, including filmed discussions with blacklisted workers, constructed scenes and reference material.

Between 1993 and 2009, the UK based Consulting Association compiled a list of workers and activists who they viewed as a potential threat to the construction industry. Individuals were placed on the blacklist by employers for speaking out about safety conditions on site, being trade union members or working as activists. The blacklist was accessible to construction firms who could purchase the information before deciding whether to employ workers. When the list was uncovered in 2009, 3200 individuals’ files were found.

Lucy Parker’s research explores broader themes of privacy and exclusion, looking at the blacklist as a strategy to exclude potential ‘troublemakers’; its relationship to historical methods of excluding individuals from society under the name of state/ economic security; and how individuals who express their interests or beliefs, risk information being accessed and distributed to their detriment.

Factory Complex (2014)
Dir. IM Heung-soon.

Tuesday 3 November 2015, 7:30pm

As part of her research, Lucy Parker will be screening Factory Complex.

The drastic economic development in South Korea once surprised the rest of the world. However, behind of it was an oppression the marginalized female laborers had to endure. The film invites us to the lives of the working class women engaged in the textile industry of the 1960s, all the way through the stories of flight attendants, cashiers, and non-regular workers of today.


Friday 4 December 2015, 6:30pm

For the closing event, invited speakers will discuss some of their favourite endings from their respective fields of interest and research. The story of the blacklist doesn’t have a clear end; when a blacklist is discovered, the names on the list are revealed, but there is always the potential that another list is in circulation in another form.

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Book Promotion
Blacklisted: The secret war between big business and union activists

Wednesday 4 November 2015, 6pm
Scottish Parliament, Holyrood

A meeting on the subject of Blacklisting at Scottish Parliament. Speakers include Dave Smith of the Blacklist Support Group and Neil Findlay, MSP.

If you wish to attend please contact

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