We have all been profoundly shocked and saddened by the tragic news of the death of Chantal Akerman. She will be greatly missed. The exhibition and screening provide our collective tribute to a great pioneering film-maker and artist, and to Chantal Akerman herself.
‘Comparable in force and originality to Godard or Fassbinder, Chantal Akerman is arguably the most important European director of her generation’ J. Hoberman
NOW is the first large scale exhibition in the English-speaking world of Chantal Akerman’s installation work. There will be seven installation works at Ambika P3. The centrepiece is NOW (2015), a powerful seven-channel video installation with surround sound. For this work, Akerman collected images from desert regions, specifically violently contested regions in the Middle East, her aim to register the brutality and trauma of violence and conflict.
Other works in the exhibition offer a retrospective of work made since 1995. These works variously investigate issues of border tension (A Voice in the Desert, 2002), fear of the atom bomb and the legacy of Hiroshima (Maniac Summer, 2009), a woman’s reclaiming and authoring an image of herself (In the Mirror, 1971/2007), the dichotomous tension between presence and absence (Maniac Shadows, 2013), the suspension of hope and time in the Eastern bloc terrain (D’Est, 1995) and the transformation of a metropolis as natural gives way to artificial light (Tombée de nuit sur Shanghaï, 2007).
Chantal Akerman: NOW is jointly curated by Ambika P3 (Michael Mazière) and A Nos Amours (Joanna Hogg and Adam Roberts) and presented in association with Marian Goodman Gallery. It is supported with funding from Arts Council England, Marian Goodman Gallery and the University of Westminster.
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Private view: Friday 30 October 2015, 6.30 – 8.30pm