Fiona Banner / Ann-Sofi Sidén
14 February – 14 March 2015
The duo show of the English artist Fiona Banner and Swedish artist Ann-Sofi Sidén concentrates on the representation of “video sculptures”.
Both artists use film to explore the slippage between narrative and documentary and more specifically, the problems and possibilities of staging and documenting performance. They explore video through installations in which the viewer confronts a multiplicity of readings.
Four recent video works Tête à Tête (2014), Intermission (2014), Jane‘s (2013) and Chinook (2013) by Fiona Banner are presented on steel easels designed by the artist. Banner has used easels in the past as staging props, particularly in her Live, Life-Drawing Performances; here too they reference process and performance. Used to stage a series of films – which themselves raise questions about documenting performance – the easels become part of the stage, no longer neutral plinths but rather actively posturing in the space. The video Mirror (2007) also references a performance, in which actress Samantha Morton reads, for the first time, Banner’s nude portrait of her.
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