autoportrait 23 June – 27 August 2017 Opening: Thursday 22 June, 6.30 – 8.30pm
Saturday 24 June, 2pm Luke Willis Thompson and Polly Staple, Director of Chisenhale Gallery, discuss Thompson’s new commission. To watch a recording of this event, please visit our Audio/Video page here.
Friday 30 June, 9 – 10.30am An early morning viewing of Luke Willis Thompson’s exhibition, autoportrait, with an introduction by Ellen Greig, Exhibitions and Events Curator at Chisenhale Gallery. Coffee and cakes are generously provided by the East End Women’s Institute. Free to attend, no booking required.
Thursday 6 July, 7pm Peter Shand, Head of School, Elam School of Fine Arts, The University of Auckland, discusses Luke Willis Thompson’s new commission in relation to his wider practice. To listen to a recording of this event, please visit our Audio/Video page here.
Saturday 15 July, 2pm Orit Gat responds to Luke Willis Thompson’s new commission, discussing the difference between photo, image and event, and reflecting on the anxiety of sharing online. Gat is a writer on contemporary art and digital culture and contributing editor of The White Review. To listen to a recording of this event, please visit our Audio/Video page here.
Thursday 27 July, 7pm Selected and introduced by Luke Willis Thompson, a screening of Portrait of Jason (Shirley Clarke, 1967) is presented in association with MUBI. Jason Holliday was a brilliant figure from the New York underground, rumoured to have sat for a Warhol screen test, which has since been lost. Clarke’s film, shot on 16mm black and white film, is composed of non-linear takes, in which Holliday, prompted by the director, recounts and performs episodes of his life for the camera. Thompson sees the strength of the film embodied in Holliday who, despite being exposed to a sense of racism and homophobia from Clarke and her crew, has an ability to evade being fixed by the set-up in one particular rendering. The result is an ambiguous exchange, one which questions who is really being portrayed and who is being undone by this filmed situation. MUBI is an online, curated cinema offering Chisenhale audiences a month free at: mubi.com/Chisenhale. This event is now fully booked. Spaces may become available on the door but entry cannot be guaranteed.
Thursday 3 August, 7pm Emma Moore, Offsite and Education Curator at Chisenhale Gallery, gives an introduction to Luke Willis Thompson’s exhibition, autoportrait. Free to attend, no booking required.
Wednesday 9 August, 5.30 – 7pm Luke Willis Thompson is joined by the Mile End Community Project –an organisation working with young people on film, art and media projects– to share their work and methods of production. This event forms part of Stop Play Record, a three-year programme for young people aged 16 - 24 years who are interested in experimental film. Click here to find out more about Stop Play Record and watch recent film commissions. This event is free to attend but booking is recommended. To reserve a place please visit our Eventbrite page here.
Thursday 17 August, 7pm Tavia Nyong’o, Professor of African American Studies, American Studies and Theatre Studies at Yale University joins Luke Willis Thompson to discuss Thompson’s new commission. Nyong’o reflects on how image production, rather than providing evidence of antiblack violence leading to justice, seems to produce its own economies of suffering and degradation. This event is now fully booked. Spaces may become available on the door but entry cannot be guaranteed. A recording of the event will be made available online.
All events are free to attend, unless otherwise stated, but booking is strongly advised. Please visit chisenhale.eventbrite.co.uk or ask at the front desk to make a reservation.
BSL interpretation for events at Chisenhale Gallery is available on request. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. Please be advised that two weeks’ notice is required in order to confirm an interpreter.
To find out more about Luke Willis Thompson's exhibition, please click here.