Bringing together the six artists shortlisted for the 2020 Film London Jarman Award – Michelle Williams Gamaker, Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings, Jenn Nkiru, Project Art Works, Larissa Sansour and Andrea Luka Zimmerman – this weekend gives you the opportunity to view their films alongside a special live online programme that explores their different practices through talks and performances.
In partnership with Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network.
Catch up on the events:
Michelle Williams Gamaker discusses her film House of Women with two of its performers Krishna Istha and Taranjit Mander, to consider the film’s wider themes, specifically the subtle and overt violences of the casting process.
Kate Adams and Tim Corrigan of Project Art Works present a selection of film works and prerecorded conversations with Director of Autograph ABP Mark Sealy and artists and advocates from the collective, exploring the societal and practical barriers faced by neuro-minorities.
Screening of HUB TONES, a music video directed by Jenn Nkiru for Saxophonist Kamasi Washington’s explosive jazz-fusion cover of a Freddie Hubbard tune. Nkiru is in conversation with artist, musician and researcher Hannah Catherine Jones about this work and her wider filmmaking practice.
Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings are in conversation with Gaby Sahhar, founder of LGBTQI+ artist support network and curatorial platform Queerdirect.
Larissa Sansour presents a new film on the making of her work In Vitro, with contributions from collaborators on the project. This is followed by a Q&A with Maggie Ellis, Head of Artists’ Moving Image, Film London.
Andrea Luka Zimmerman presents Art Class, a new performance lecture playing on and exploring the perennial tension between the two key words in its title. The full film is now available on Metal’s website until 18 December 2020.
Michelle Williams Gamaker works with moving image, performance and installation. Her practice is often in dialogue with film history, particularly Hollywood and British studio films. By restaging scenes to reveal their politically problematic, imperialist roots; her work is a form of ‘fictional activism’ to recast characters originally played by white actors with people of colour. She combines scriptwriting, workshopping with actors, revisiting analogue VFX and producing props to create intricately staged films.
Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings are an artist duo working in film, drawing, installation and performance. Their work examines the behaviours, history, politics and artefacts of LQBTQ culture in the western context, exploring how this culture is reflective of broader societal structures. Their collaborative practice uses film as part documentary and research, and part cinematic experience with an expert use of sound, colour, and camerawork.
Project Art Works’ collaborations, projects, events and studio actions challenge societal definitions of care, creative intent, value, communication and identity. Their programmes evolve through studio practice and radiate out to the cultural and care sectors. Work is made visible through projects, collaborations, exhibitions, co-commissions, films, publications and digital platforms, increasing neurodiverse representation in programming, and deepening understanding and visibility.
Personalised and holistic studio environments are recreated wherever a project takes place. The studio is a place of level hierarchy where events and happenings unfold revealing the lived experience and qualities of all those involved. Artists and makers work together in purposeful collaboration using total communication that utilises gesture, sound, signing and empathy and as such is an expansive rather reductive form of connection.
Jenn Nkiru is an artist and filmmaker. Pushed through an Afro-surrealist lens, her practice is grounded in the history of Black music and the aesthetics of experimental film and international art cinema. Her work draws on the Black arts movement and the rich and variegated tradition of cinemas of the Black diaspora and their distinct experimentation with the politics of form. Her work blends elements of history, identity, politics, music, documentary and dance.
Larissa Sansour works mainly with film, and also produces installations, photos and sculptures. Central to her work is the dialectics between myth and historical narrative. Born in East Jerusalem, Palestine, her recent work use science fiction to address social and political issues.
Andrea Luka Zimmerman is an artist, filmmaker and cultural activist whose engaged practice focuses on marginalised individuals, communities and experience. It employs imaginative hybridity and narrative re-framing, alongside reverie and informed waywardness. Creative approaches include long-term observation, intervention, re-enactment and the use of found / archive materials, grounded in an honouring of lived realities. Alert to sources of radical hope, this work prioritises an enduring and equitable co-existence.
The Film London Jarman Award recognises and supports artists working with moving image and celebrates the spirit of experimentation, imagination and innovation in the work of UK-based artist filmmakers. The Award is inspired by visionary filmmaker Derek Jarman and is presented in association with the Whitechapel Gallery, London.
Now in its thirteenth year, the Award has built an enviable reputation for spotting rising stars of the UK art world. Previously shortlisted artists include: Laure Prouvost, Elizabeth Price, Monster Chetwynd, Duncan Campbell, James Richards, Charlotte Prodger, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Luke Fowler and Oreet Ashery all of whom went on to be shortlisted for or to win the Turner Prize.
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