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Parasol unit Film + Video | Screenings6 - 8 November 2012

Maya Deren

Maya Deren, 'Meshes of the Afternoon', 1943. Courtesy of LUX, London


Claire Hooper, 'NYX', 2010 © the artist. Courtesy LUX, London and Hollybush Gardens.

Sarah Pucill

Sarah Pucill, 'You Be Mother', 1990. Courtesy the artist and LUX, London.

Sonny portrait

Sonny Sanjay Vadgama. Image Courtesy the artist and Galerie Kornfeld, Berlin.


6, 7 & 8 November, 7 pm

In response to the themes of Bharti Kher’s current exhibition Parasol unit presents a screening series over three evenings:

6 Nov, 7 pm
Maya Deren | ‘Meshes of the Afternoon’, 1943, (15 mins), ‘At Land’, 1944, (15 mins).
Sarah Pucill | ‘You Be Mother’, 1990, (7 mins); ‘Milk and Glass’, 1993, (8 mins); and ‘Phantom Rhapsody’, 2010, (19 mins).

In this evening of experimental film, notions of reality are interrogated through a theatrical interplay between dream-like perception and everyday objects. Featuring in their own work, Deren and Pucill become reference points for their own deconstruction of spatial coherence, unravelling the stability of the environments they inhabit through a surrealist aesthetic.

Deren (1917 – 1961) is one of the founders of postwar American independent cinema. Pucill (1961-) lives and works in London. She has exhibited in museums and film festivals internationally including London Film Festival, Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival and Osnabruck Media Arts Festival.

7 Nov, 7 pm
Artist’s selection: ‘The NeverEnding Story’ selected and introduced by Sonny Sanjay Vadgaman
Director: Wolfgang Petersen, 1984
PG, 94 min.

Parasol unit has invited artist Sonny Sanjay Vadgama to select a film in response to Bharti Kher’s current solo show. Based in a world of mythic creatures called Fantasia, ‘The NeverEnding Story’ is a tale in which reality and the myth merge together to draw on themes of escape and survival. Sonny will introduce this classic fantasy film with a discussion on his selection.

8 Nov, 7 pm
Claire Hooper | 'NYX', 2010, (22 mins) and 'Eris', 2012, (36 mins)
Followed by an in-conversation between Claire Hooper and Gil Leung of LUX, London.

(Please note these works contain scenes that may be disturbing for some viewers)

In 'Nyx' 2010, and its sequel 'Eris', 2012, Claire Hooper utilizes figures from the family tree of the Greek gods as a way of addressing certain contemporary social problems. An inherently emotional language is developed with which to examine issues that are often reduced to statistics.

Claire Hooper (b. 1978) lives and works in London. She has participated in numerous exhibitions and screenings internationally, is the 2010 winner of The Baloise Art Prize 2010 and was shortlisted for the Jarman Award 2011. She is represented by Hollybush Gardens, London and distributed by LUX, London

Following the screening Hooper will be in-conversation with writer and curator Gil Leung. Gil Leung is Distribution Manager at LUX and editor of VERSUCH journal.


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