Chisenhale Gallery presents a newly commissioned work by Canadian, Glasgow based artist Corin Sworn, comprising a film presented as part of an installation with synchronised lighting and sound.
The Rag Papers (2013) explores the nature of attention, reuse and appropriation. The film’s worried narrative shifts between the perspectives of three characters who interact with a series of objects set within carefully designed domestic interiors. The film uses point of view shots and cutaway sequences to suggest the roaming nature of each character’s attention and in turn, reveals transient spaces such as hotel rooms, sorting depots and markets.
Layering multiple subjective viewpoints, Sworn’s characters shift back and forth between modes of remembering, looking, processing and reading. Objects play a central role in the film, almost as characters in their own right; the mise en scene becoming as potent as the action of the protagonists or any suggested narrative.
To accompany the exhibition Sworn has produced a limited edition photograph entitled The Slow Liquidity of Glass referencing an image within the film.
Corin Sworn (born 1977, London) lives and works in Glasgow. Recent exhibitions include The Foxes, London Film Festival – An Eternal Return, London; The Rag Papers, Chisenhale Gallery (both 2013); Artists’ Film International: Corin Sworn, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2012); Unsettling Provenance, Timespan Museum and Arts Centre, Helmsdale, Scotland (2011); Endless Renovation, ‘Art Now’, Tate Britain (2011); Tramway, Glasgow; Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art; Witte de With, Rotterdam (all 2010); EASTinternational, Norwich; Kunsthalle Basel (all 2009); Participant Inc. New York (2008). Group exhibitions include From Morn’ Till Midnight, Supportico Lopez, Berlin; Scotland + Venice, 55th Venice Biennale (both 2013); Les Séparés, CEAAC, Strasbourg; 21 REVOLUTIONS: TWO DECADES OF CHANGING MINDS, Intermedia, Glasgow; LUX/ICA Biennial of Moving Images, ICA, London (all 2012). Sworn is nominated for the Max Mara Art Prize for Women 2013-2015.
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