Over the last ten years, Shona Illingworth has worked with photography, film, video and sound, to create installations in which image and voice combine to test the formation of identity, imagination and perception. Her work examines how an â€˜interiorâ€™ sense of self is sustained overtime, often in the context of powerful psychological or physical confinement.
Exhibition: 4th to 29th September 2002
Gallery opening times: Wednesday to Sunday 11 am to 5 pm
Preview: Tuesday 3rd September 2002 from 6 to 8.30 pm
Over the last ten years, Shona Illingworth has worked with photography, film, video and sound, to create installations in which image and voice combine to test the formation of identity, imagination and perception. Her work examines how an â€˜interiorâ€™ sense of self is sustained over time, often in the context of powerful psychological or physical confinement.
â€˜â€¦ the works achieve their considerable strength and grace from the creative tension established between the framing context and the framed subjectâ€™ Greg Hilty 2001
In her video installation Walking on Letters 1999, layering of voice is used to examine the effects of incarceration on an individual sense of self. Here she investigates the relationship between seeing and hearing and shifts in focus between the internal spaces of thought, emotion and memory and the external physical world.
For her first solo exhibition in London, Shona Illingworth will show Walking on Letters alongside a new video installation which examines structures of power, conformity and discipline through the military practise of Drill. Filmed within the confines of a parade ground at night, the work amplifies the suppressed violence and control that establishes the corporate body of the group and subverts individual identity, so diminishing the presence and tolerance of difference. Shown on a continuous loop with no beginning or end the work sustains a state of continual flux between physical order and psychological disruption.
Over the last four years Shona Illingworth has enjoyed growing International attention for her video installations. She has recently undertaken several important commissions including: passing, 2001 for the Hayward Gallery, London, Calling â€“ aâ€™ gairm, 2001 for FABRICA in association with Photoworks, in Brighton, and SOUNDING, 2001 for Channel 4 Television and the Arts Council of England. She was nominated for the Paul Hamlyn Award for Artists in 2000 and in 1999, Walking on Letters won joint first prize at the Onufri 99, International Art Exhibition, Tirana, Albania.
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