Jerwood FVU

Guy Oliver

Guy Oliver is one of the two recipients of the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2020: Hindsight. The project awarded him with £25,000 to develop his winning proposal and make the significant moving-image work You Know Nothing of My Work.

See the work online at Jerwood/FVU Awards 2020: Hindsight | Online Exhibition, from 29 October – 13 December 2020.

You Know Nothing of My Work

Guy Oliver’s project is a multi-chapter rumination on the cultural dilemma of the disgraced popular icon. Considering how collective, systematic failure led to cases of abuse from powerful figures in the cultural scene, this work proposes a conflict between the enjoyment of and respect for their creative work and what we now know (or at times failed to recognise) about their behaviour. Can we erase the existence of abusive yet influential figureheads, or should we acknowledge and discuss their actions alongside their work? Through a piece that uses elements of film musical and music video traditions within the form of an experimental essay, Oliver takes the pulse of society’s reaction to this fast-evolving and contentious subject.

You Know Nothing of My Work is commissioned for the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2020: Hindsight, a collaboration between Jerwood Arts and Film and Video Umbrella.



Guy Oliver, FVU Frames Audio Interview

Guy Oliver in conversation with Rachel Cooke

Louise Ashcroft, Guy Oliver

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