Jerwood FVU

Jerwood/FVU Awards 2020: Hindsight Online Exhibition

29 October – 13 December 2020
Online

The Jerwood/FVU Awards 2020: Hindsight exhibition premieres two new moving-image works by the awardees: Guy Oliver's You Know Nothing of My Work and Reman Sadani's Walkout 1. Responding to the theme of Hindsight, each work explores the power of reflection through film-making, how ideas shift through time and generations, and the complex nature of hindsight itself.

For the first time, the Jerwood/FVU Awards takes place online. On this page you will find both films available to watch in full (see above) as well as newly commissioned texts, interviews with the artists, online events, and image galleries, to enable you to fully explore the key critical themes within the works.

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Guy Oliver’s film, You Know Nothing of My Work, is a multi-chapter rumination on the cultural dilemma of the disgraced popular icon, the tension between a problematic past and a more enlightened present, and the role of the male voice in a post-Me Too era. The work, which is his biggest commission to date, develops Oliver’s established practice of mixing pop culture references with self-deprecating character performances and complex social issues. Idiosyncratic in style and form, this moving-image work takes the unexpected form of a musical to unpick the notion of celebrity, toxic masculinity, and moral ambiguity. Oliver adopts various male archetypes as he probes what to do with the work of cultural icons such as Michael Jackson, Woody Allen, Kevin Spacey, and Bill Cosby. Stepping into the backdrop of familiar film and television sets, Oliver also looks specifically at British culture, particularly how to marry the importance of era-defining shows such as “Top of the Pops” with the knowledge of their systematic, institutional failure. By exploring this difficult subject through the medium of song and the device of rhyming couplets, Oliver blurs the comic and the tragic, questions his own stance on these issues, and allows the awkwardness of his position as a male artist to spill onto the screen. Collaborators on the project include: contributions from Rebecca Lucy Taylor / Self Esteem and Kevin Peterson “T1J”, with music by Suzy Davies featuring the The Angels of Kaos choir. See the film credits for You Know Nothing of My Work here

Whilst Oliver’s film shows how hindsight can cast a harsh light on the past, Reman Sadani’s Walkout 1, reflects how a preoccupation with the past could be considered a privilege when faced with the challenges of the present. Walkout 1 is set in a city that has been shrouded in dust, setting the film in a post-crisis, desert-like cityscape.  The poetic film explores the flaws of a society’s single viewpoint, in particular how a dominant ideology can be forced upon a younger generation. In order to lift the cloud of dust, four young characters are instructed by an elder who rigidly adheres to a vision, leading to doubts and questions from her followers. The nature of crisis shows that it is often impossible to ‘look back’ and reflect because of a present, urgent need for survival. The film draws on Sadani’s own experiences of growing up in Arab countries and later moving to the UK. Various contributors were interviewed about their own ideas of the city, which sparked discussions of flawed systems of authority, collective frustrations and changing political narratives, all of which helped Walkout 1 take shape. See the film credits for Walkout 1 here

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Events


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Writing

Introduction Jerwood/FVU Awards 2020

'One of the quirks of hindsight is that while it renders the errors and habits of the past in sharp and often unforgiving focus, the greater perspective it is supposed to afford doesn’t automatically illuminate the best path forward.'

Steven Bode introduces the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2020: Hindsight

Reman Sadani

'What was once an event now becomes the horizon itself, obscuring its own contingency – it becomes natural, the world as all that can be the case. How to exit this world, governed or dreamed in this way?'

Artist and writer Adnan Madani explores the allegorical within Reman Sadani's Walkout 1.

Guy Oliver

'When I hear the word ‘problematic’, I imagine someone building an attic on top of a problem, so they can hide there and avoid trying to solve the problem.'

Artist and writer Louise Ashcroft ponders the conflicting voices in her head as she watches Guy Oliver's You Know Nothing of My Work.

Daddy Lessons

Jerwood Arts Writer in Residence Alex Hull explores disgraced fatherhood through the lens of psychoanalysis within Guy Oliver's 'You Know Nothing of My Work'.

Audio

Introduction to Jerwood/FVU Awards 2020: Hindsight

Reman Sadani, FVU Frames Audio Interview

Guy Oliver, FVU Frames Audio Interview

Guy Oliver in Conversation with Rachel Cooke

Louise Ashcroft, Guy Oliver


Image Galleries

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