Jerwood/FVU Awards: 'What Will They See of Me?'
11 March - 26 April 2015
From 11 March 2015 artists Lucy Clout and Marianna Simnett, winners of the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2015, will premiere new moving-image works in an exhibition at Jerwood Space. These new works, suggested by the project title ‘What Will They See of Me?’, have been developed following the award of £20,000 commissions to each artist at the close of the first stage of the Awards in April 2014. Following its debut in London, the show will tour to CCA, Glasgow from 30 May until 12 July 2015.
Over the last year Lucy and Marianna have expanded the initial pilot ideas they presented in stage one of the Awards into even more accomplished moving-image works. Together, these projects further explore the uncertainties and ambiguities of identity in response to the curatorial brief, ‘What Will They See of Me?’. Both artists consider how images of the self are rehearsed and relayed for others, and how the faces people project to the world are complex and many-sided. In their different ways, they both ask what shapes and constitutes a ‘subject’. Identity, like destiny, is supposedly in the blood, but is also, and increasingly, in our own hands.
- Featuring interviews with news journalists, bloggers and feature writers, Lucy Clout’s video ‘From Our Own Correspondent’ interrogates the mechanics of the interview process itself, with a focus on the degree of preparation and self-assertion each interviewer regards as necessary to their job. Set within an aggregate of hotel rooms and corridors – transposable private and professional settings – these descriptions begin to expose the basic power dynamics played out in other spoken relationships, conversations and encounters.
- Continuing the fascination with the rites of passage of early adolescence that distinguished her previous film ‘The Udder’, Marianna Simnett shifts her compass from rural England to the majestic mountain landscapes of Albania. Here her young heroine Isabel is shadowed (or watched over dutifully) by Lali, a middle-aged ‘sworn virgin’ whose refusal to be identified as female casts doubt over Isabel’s perceptions and bodily intimations of womanhood. Stark and haunting, Simnett’s film, called simply ‘Blood’, has the strange, unsettling familiarity of a fairy tale.
To date the Jerwood/FVU Awards have endowed funds of £112,000 to support eight of the most exciting new talents to emerge on the contemporary art scene: Ed Atkins, Lucy Clout, Kate Cooper, Anne Haaning, Emma Hart, Naheed Raza, Marianna Simnett and Corin Sworn. On the experience of participating in the Jerwood/FVU Awards, Ed Atkins – previous recipient of the awards, commented:
“The Jerwood/FVU Awards appeared at a totally vital point in my career… This glimpse of being taken seriously - the professional collaborative possibilities, the budget, the discursive weight, the deadlines - all of this conjured a sense that my work could matter. Which is a feeling that has grown exponentially, as a direct consequence.”
The University of East London, School of Arts and Digital Industries is generously supporting the awards by providing the artists with access to their wide range of facilities.
The Jerwood/FVU Awards 2015: ‘What Will They See of Me?’ will open at Jerwood Space, London from 11 March to 26 April 2015 and at CCA, Glasgow from 30 May to 12 July 2015. More information can be found at JerwoodFVUawards.com