Frith Street Gallery

Golden Square

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b. 1966, Merseyside, England

Much of Fiona Banner’s work explores the problems and possibilities of written language. Her early work took the form of ‘wordscapes’ or ‘still films’ – blow-by-blow accounts written in her own words of feature films, (whose subjects range from war to porn) or sequences of events. These pieces took the form of solid single blocks of text, often the same shape and size as a cinema screen. Banner’s current work encompasses sculpture, drawing and installation but text is still at the heart of her practice. She recently turned her attention to the idea of the classic, art-historical nude, observing a life model and transcribing the pose and form in a similar vein to her earlier transcription of films. Often using parts of military aircraft as the support for these descriptions, Banner juxtaposes the brutal and the sensual, performing an almost complete cycle of intimacy and alienation.

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2014 Wp Wp Wp, a solo exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield
  • 2014 Mistah Kurtz – He Not Dead, an exhibition at PEER, London
  • 2013 The Vanity Press, a solo exhibition at Summerhall, Edinburgh
  • 2013 Glasstress 2013: White Light/White Heat a group exhibition at the Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti, Venice Biennale, Venice
  • 2012 Unboxing, The Greatest Film Never Made a solo exhibition at 1301PE Gallery, L.A
  • 2010 The Duveen Galleries Commission, a solo exhibition at Tate Britain
  • 2010 The Naked Ear, a solo exhibition at Frith Street Gallery
  • 2008 That Was Then… This Is Now, a group exhibition at MoMA, New York
  • 2007 The Bastard Word, a solo exhibition at Power Plant, Toronto
  • 2002 Turner Prize, short-listed
  • 1998 Art Now Room, a solo exhibition at Tate Gallery, London

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Image of: Tête à Tête
  • Tête à Tête, 2014
  • High definition digital film
  • 5.53 minutes
  • Installation at Yorkshire Sculpture Park 2014