Hope Strickland is an artist-filmmaker and researcher from Manchester, UK.
Her current practice is concerned with maroon ecologies and the bonds between resource extraction and racial violence. ‘Maroons’ are the name given to those who escaped from slavery and their descendants. Their existence outside plantation logics was often, in part, due to their successful navigation of inhospitable environments such as swamps and dense mountains.
Hope’s work also explores the temporal fractures and intimacies that can be found in working across 16mm, digital and archival film formats. Hope produced the short film I’ll be back! (2022) after being awarded a FACT Together digital residency in 2021.
I’ll Be Back! begins and ends with the story of the rebel slave Francois Mackandal. In 1758, Mackandal was condemned to be burned at the stake, not only for his crimes but for his radical powers of metamorphosis.