We are delighted to present the Jarman Award touring programme for a fifth time in the northeast, extending an ongoing dialogue around how British artists work with moving image and the screen today.
Following last year’s event, pairing 2013 award winner John Smith with 2014 shortlisted artist Steven Claydon, we will again be working in partnership with The Gallery at Tyneside Cinema to invite the previous year’s winner to the region. On October 7th the 2014 Jarman Award Winner Ursula Mayer will present a special screening and conversation event with 2015 shortlisted artist Alia Syed, offering an opportunity to see further films by these artists and to hear them discuss their different interests and approaches.
This special event will be followed by a chance to preview Cinesexual, a solo exhibition Ursula Mayer, curated by Elisabetta Fabrizi and FLAMIN, in the Tyneside Cinema gallery. Further information can be found on the Tyneside Cinema website.
Alia Syed’s films examine memory, representation and colonialism through narratives constructed from personal and historical realities. Her two most recent works combine her interest in storytelling with a compelling presentation of history as a visual narrative; using diverse subjectivities to reframe both the time flow of the river Thames and the regeneration of the city of Glasgow respectively. Her unique approach sutures different subjective positions in relation to culture, diaspora, and location, specifically in relation to gender and notions of cultural difference. Syed’s films have been shown at numerous institutions around the world including BBC Arts Online (currently); The Triangle Space: Chelsea College of Art, London, (2014); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2012‐13); 5th Moscow Biennale (2013); Museum of Modern Art, New York, (2010); Museo National Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, (2009); XV Sydney Biennale (2006), Hayward Gallery, London, (2005); Tate Britain, London, (2003); Glasgow Museum of Modern Art (2002); Iniva, London, (2002); The New Art Gallery Walsall (2002); and Tate Modern, London (2000). Syed’s films have also been the subject of several solo exhibitions at Talwar Gallery in New York and New Delhi. Alia Syed was born in 1964 in Swansea, Wales, and lives between London and Glasgow.
Ursula Mayer’s practice is grounded in the semiotics of cinema. Her single and multi-channel films are crystalline circuits of images composed of signs borrowed from architecture, fashion, literature, politics, mythology, geology and visual art. These references cross multiple periods, locations and figures. Mayer uses the grammar of cinematography and montage to excavate how spatial composition, human choreography and narrative construction inform each other. Mayer studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and completed her MA at Goldsmiths College in 2005. Her films have been presented at international film festivals including Locarno, Oberhausen and Rotterdam. She has exhibited in art festivals and institutions such as the Hayward Gallery, London, Moderna Musset, Malmö; Audain Gallery, Vancouver; 21er Haus, Vienna; Ursula Blickle Foundation, Kraichtal; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Tramway, Glasgow; Performa 11, New York; 11th Baltic Triennial at CAC Vilnius; 2nd Athens Biennale; The Banff Centre, Banff; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Kunstverein Hamburg; Lentos Museum, Linz; Bonnier Kunsthalle, Stockholm; Julia Stoschek Foundation, Düsseldorf; Swiss Institute, New York; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Whitechapel Gallery, London; MoMA PS1, New York; and Kunsthalle Basel. Ursula Mayer’s films are distributed with LUX, London.