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Dates: Thur 26, Fri 27, Sat 28 Aug
Time: 7.00pm
Venue: Summerhall @ Artspace, EH16 4NT
Genre: Exhibition, Theatre, Film, Performance Art
Sensitive content: Contains distressing themes, covid safety measures

In autumn of 2020, the vacuum cleaner invited 47 Newham health workers into his artist studio and filmed conversations with them about their experiences of the Covid 19 pandemic. Frank and tender conversations bring into focus the complexity of each health professional’s experiences; the challenges they faced and the compromises forced upon them. Their stories reveal moral struggles resulting in mental health challenges and frustrations and how this compares to the official narrative of ‘heroes’. They speak of resilience, peer support, and hopes for the community they serve.

Join the vacuum cleaner and Sascha Gilmour in an evening of film, live installation and sound remembering the details of a truly extraordinary time, population and place.

“Quietly devasting”
★★★★, The Stage

Artist website: the vacuum cleaner

NHS workers stand facing towards the camera. They wear blue scrubs and tired expressions.
the vacuum cleaner, EXPOSURE