Marina Warner


June 2024, Contribution to Dorothy Bohm at 100: A Life in Photography (Nottingham: Beam Editions, 2024)

Marina has contributed a chapter to the monograph of photographer Dorothy Bohm’s work, which will be published some time in June this year. Each contributor has been asked to respond to a single photograph of Bohm’s – other writers include Maria Balshaw, Lydia Goldblatt, Mark Haworth-Booth, Esther Leslie, Pelumi Odubanjo and George Szirtes.

Dorothy Bohm’s work is currently available to view at Burgh House, with the exhibition About Women: Photographs by Dorothy Bohm on display until 15 December 2024. There is also a solo exhibition also titled Dorothy Bohm at 100 from 12 April – 23 June 2024 at the Photographers’ Gallery. See more here.

20 May 2024, LRB Screen X MUBI: Arabian Nights: Volume 1, The Restless One, 8pm, The Garden Cinema (London WC2B 5PQ)

At The Garden Cinema, Marina will be introducing the film Arabian Nights: Volume 1, The Restless One (2015), the first in a trilogy of films by the Portuguese auteur Miguel Gomes. The screening is organised by the London Review Bookshop with MUBI, part of their long-running film series exploring of the art of literary adaptation.

Arabian Nights: Volume 1, The Restless One uses the framing device and other structural elements of its titular inspiration to explore the state of austerity in contemporary Portugal across all strata of society. Tonally and formally various, weaving together stories from diverse sources, locations, characters and scenarios, it’s a satirical, sobering and invigorating account of how meaning is made, power challenged and justice sought. It’s also a vivid, uninhibited celebration of the imagination itself. Hugely acclaimed upon its release, Jonathan Romney wrote in the Observer that ‘it was the most authentically crazy film on show here, the biggest splash of true innovation in Cannes, and an unmissable art event.’

Tickets are £12 and available here!