Hilary Lloyd’s first major solo exhibition features minimal and seductive video works that explore the way we construct our personalities - both in private and through an engagement with society.
The exhibition consists of a system of video monitors, cables, cases and stands presented elegantly and precisely as one work with different components. The monitors play long and unedited video portraits of Lloyd’s subjects, people previously unknown to the artist who were approached on the street or in nightclubs to participate in the films. Lloyd is drawn to characters that forcefully project a personality that is conscious of, and compliant with being watched. Viewers of the work are invited into the same tense and intimate relationship as Lloyd’s characters have with the unblinking camera.
For these characters, the pieces are as much self-portraits as portraits. However, Lloyd is powerfully present both in the very formal presentation of the work and through the controlled energy of the videos. Utilising our boredom and securing our voyeuristic and fetishistic attention, Lloyd reveals a generosity and tenderness towards her collaborators.
Hilary Lloyd was born in 1964 in the United Kingdom and studied at Newcastle upon Tyne Polytechnic, England. Her solo shows include Waiters, Henry Moore Foundation Contemporary Projects and Venice Biennale, Venice, 2003. She has contributed to various group shows including Yes, No & Other Options, Art Sheffield, Sheffield, England, 2008, and the Biennale d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, France. Lloyd lives and works in London.
Hilary Lloyd has been nominated for The Turner Prize 2011.
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