Stuart Croft Returns

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    ‘Stuart Croft Returns’ monograph (The Everyday Press, 2024)

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    Still from ‘Remetior’ by Stuart Croft, 2014 © Stuart Croft

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Thu 2 May, 6.30pm

Zilkha Auditorium

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Talk & Screening
Stuart Croft Returns

Celebrating the late artist-filmmaker Stuart Croft (1970 – 2015) and launching the first monograph of his work, join us for a discussion with psychoanalyst Darian Leader, artists Jennifer Lauren Martin and Sarah Jones, chaired by Whitechapel Gallery Director Gilane Tawadros. The book will be introduced by artist and Co-Chair of Stuart Croft Foundation Emma Bennett with Arnaud Desjardin from publisher The Everyday Press. 

This event also presents the first public screening of Crofts final and unreleased film Remetior (2015). Fusing sci-fi and poetry with the artists’ film-loop, the work looks at themes of entrapment and circularity.

A free drinks reception hosted by the Stuart Croft Foundation follows the talk. 

About the Speakers

Emma Bennett is a Welsh artist, based in London, UK. Her paintings have been exhibited in galleries and museums in the UK, USA and Europe, and she has work in prominent private collections. In 2023 she won the Solo Contemporary Artist Award at the British Art Fair.  Emma met Stuart on the MA programme at Chelsea College of Art and Design (1997-98) and worked on several of his films. She is a founding trustee and co-chair of the Stuart Croft Foundation.

Arnaud Desjardin is a London-based artist and publisher and founder of The Everyday Press. He describes his ongoing publication project The Everyday Press as a “channel for collaborations with artists, curators, writers and academics to produce acts of publication to be considered as art works”.

Sarah Jones is a visual artist working with photography. Her work has been exhibited internationally including solo shows at Anton Kern Gallery, New York (2023), Maureen Paley, London (2021), and Weinstein Hammons Gallery, Minneapolis (2019); and group exhibitions including at Brooklyn Museum, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Tate, London; and The National Gallery, London. Her work is held within numerous high profile public collections across the globe. A monograph on her work was published by Violette Editions in October 2013. She is a Reader in Photography at The Royal College of Art. Jones is represented by Maureen Paley London, and Anton Kern Gallery, New York.

Darian Leader is a British psychoanalyst and author. Notable publications include Stealing the Mona Lisa: What Art Stops Us From Seeing; Promises Lovers Make When It Gets Late; The New Black: Mourning, Melancholia and Depression; and What Is Madness? He has also published texts on numerous contemporary artists including, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Rodney Graham and Christian Marclay. He practises psychoanalysis in London, and he is a founding member of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research and a member of the College of Psychoanalysts UK.

Jennifer Lauren Martin is a British-American artist filmmaker (writer/director) whose practice spans film, fine art and writing. Their work grapples with questions of interpersonal belonging. Martin was part of Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2022) and We Are Parable x Channel 4’s scheme Momentum (2022). Martin is a Film London Lodestar Artist Filmmaker. Their short film ‘TEETH’ (2020/2021) won ‘Best Screenplay’ at SOUL Fest. Their work has additionally screened in competition at festivals, including Alchemy, BlackStar, RIDM, EMAF, Kasseler Dokfest, and British Shorts Berlin. Martin’s UK solo exhibitions were held at Turf Projects, Primary and Kingsgate Workshops. Martin’s public art projects and performances took place at ICA, South London Gallery, Somerset House and The Showroom. They are a member and former co-director of not/nowhere and a Senior Tutor at Ruskin School of Art (University of Oxford).

Gilane Tawadros is the Director of the Whitechapel Gallery. She was formerly Chief Executive of DACS and Co-Director of the Art360 Foundation. She was the founding Director of the Institute of International Visual Arts (Iniva) in London. She has written extensively on contemporary art and curated a number of international exhibitions. She has worked with and advised a number of leading international cultural organisations including Tate, Hayward Gallery, Camden Arts Centre, International Foundation Manifesta, Venice Biennial and Forum for African Arts. She is Chair of the Stuart Hall Foundation, Trustee of the Stuart Croft Foundation and Member of the Advisory Committee for the Yale Center for British Art. Her anthology The Sphinx Contemplating Napoleon: Global Perspectives on Contemporary Art and Difference was published by Bloomsbury in 2021.

About Stuart Croft

Stuart Croft (1970 – 2015) was a London-based artist / filmmaker. He graduated from Wimbledon School of Art in 1994 and went on to gain an MA from Chelsea College of Art and Design in 1998. 

His dialogue-based, character-driven films often focus on themes of power, recurrence, entrapment and desire. Croft explored the relationships between art and cinema and his works have been presented as installations or single-screen projections within galleries, contemporary art museums and cinemas. The films have been shown in over 25 countries to date. 

Croft also taught fine art and film and became a highly-respected educator. In 2009 he founded the Royal College of Art’s Moving Image Studio and in 2013 he established the RCA’s new Moving Image Pathway. He was a recipient of various production awards, research grants and commissions including awards from Arts Council England, Arts and Humanities Research Council, Royal College of Art and Bloomberg. 

Visit Stuart Croft’s website to view clips, along with a full biography, filmography, and publication history. 

About the Stuart Croft Foundation

The Stuart Croft Foundation was established by the family and friends of the artist after his death in 2015. The Foundation’s mission is to make accessible his legacy and archive, to exhibit his moving-image works, and to provide grants for new moving-image productions, research, publications and exhibitions.