Jerwood FVU

Guy Oliver

Guy Oliver is one of the recipients of the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2020. Responding to the theme of Hindsight, his project explores the power of reflection through the prism of artists’ film, and how moving-image can move us back and forwards through time, assisting recollection, engendering nostalgia, and enhancing collective wisdom.

Forthcoming in 2020, 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.

The finished film will be shown from 31 March to 31 May 2020 at Jerwood Space, London, before touring across the UK.

Image: Guy Oliver, And You Thought I Was Bad, 2018

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