In Widows and Orphans: Chapter 25 nations in Europe are divided. An obsession with nationality and the teaching of political science were on the rise.
In 2016 artist Jamie Shovlin spent time with the University of Lincoln’s School of Film and Media, Photography department and School of Social & Political Sciences as part of a residency run by Lincoln Voices. The result of this residency is a work called Widows and Orphans that retells history through fragmented chapters.
From multiple versions and revisions of the school textbook A History of the Modern World, Jamie took the underlinings and highlightings from generations of readers as the basis for the chapter scripts. He worked with a group of young people in Lincoln to record the narration. Months were spent editing the visual material of the films to create a multi-layered experience.
Widows and Orphans: Chapter 25 script:
Never before or since has Europe seen so truly universal an upheaval as in 1848. It was the unintended consequences of the Revolution of 1848, that were among the most far-reaching.
To the Germans, divided and frustrated, nationality became almost an obsession.
Political economy as taught in grim Manchester was not without reason called the “dismal science.”
Deeper than other “isms,” a feeling shared in varying ways by people of all parties, was the profound current of humanitarianism. It consisted in a heightened sense of the reality of cruelty inflicted upon others.