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Camden Arts Centre, London
11 July – 14 September 2008
For her first solo exhibition in a UK public gallery Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman presents a number of film works in varying formats. Beginning her career in the 1970’s Akerman has become known as one of the most important European directors of her generation.
22 June – 22 Sept 2008
Exhibition travelling to MoMA, NYC (14 December 2008 – 16 February 2009)
This mid-career survey of the work of the acclaimed painter Marlene Dumas, the first of its scale to be mounted in the United States, is organized by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, in association with The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The exhibition will include approximately 60 paintings and 35 drawings, including several large series of works on paper, and will provide a comprehensive examination of the work of one of the most thought-provoking and fascinating artists working today.
18 June – 7 September 2008
For the 16th Sydney Biennale, entitled Revolutions – Forms That Turn, Cornelia Parker presents her filmed interview with renowned writer and theorist Noam Chomsky who addresses the failings of government, corporations and the media to take responsibility for the ecology of our planet. He urges us to change our lifestyles and bring about socio-economic change. Though Parker fears that the planet may not be able to sustain human life by the end of this century, her work prompts reflection on our collective responsibilities and possible solutions.
Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery
14 June – 26 July 2008
This work has been specially commissioned to mark the launch of the Shrewsbury Darwin200 celebrations commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Birth of Charles Darwin.
‘Stage’ was made in the Galapagos Islands which Cross visited with the actor Fiona Shaw (a childhood friend and occasional collaborator) together they explore the current conditions on the Islands and reflect, in that context, on the evolution of art itself and the role for artists within a world facing increasing environmental and cultural changes.
14 June – 14 September 2008
Dean’s new film Amadeus is a specially commissioned work which sees the artist returning to Kent – the county of her childhood.
“Folkestone is all about its relationship to France and the water in between – the Martello towers, The Royal Military Canal, the acoustic mirrors, the deserted ferry terminal and Channel Tunnel rail link. For centuries, we have been barricading ourselves in or trying to reach across. The Channel is our local history: we have fished it, reclaimed land from it, smuggled across it, tried to keep it out or traversed it to lands beyond. We are an island people who have become too content with looking in and have let our seaport citadels rot. I have left England and to return is to return by sea. I might have set myself up badly as a prodigal, choosing a choppy inhospitable sea to cross, which incapacitated my nauseas crew into a Gustav Doré tableau, but I did as all Kentish people should do I, suffered the sea to get home”
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