Film in Space is a group exhibition selected by British artist-filmmaker Guy Sherwin. The exhibition focuses on expanded cinema, a film movement which came to prominence in Britain in the early 1970s, at the time Sherwin started making films. The movement was closely associated with the London Filmmakers’ Co-operative, an organisation set up in 1966 by artist-filmmakers to exhibit and produce experimental film work which challenged mainstream cinema.
Artists include: Angela Allen, Gill Eatherley, Louisa Fairclough, Steve Farrer, Nicky Hamlyn, Emma Hart, Dan Hays, Denise Hawrysio, Neil Henderson, Malcolm Le Grice, Lynn Loo, Rob Mullender, Annabel Nicolson, Simon Payne, William Raban, Lucy Reynolds, Guy Sherwin, Chris Welsby
Entitled The Lifelong Lesson after one of the inmates books, this installation involved giving 120 books half of them red and half of them blue to prisoners in the medium security state prison in Dendermonde, Belgium. My request was that the books were to be used in whatever manner they chose for a period of one month; later the books formed part of an installation during the “Papierbiennale” in the nearby city of Aalst.
“In the work at the National Art Library the artist uses rabbit skin to make pages by gluing them back-to-back. Five such pages are bound together with a printed title on the cover: Killing. The use of animal pelts in these works has frequently led to their attribution as a wordless protest against the senseless slaughter of animals for the fur industry. On encountering ‘Killing III’ however there is a pervasive sense of irony at play as any notions of protest are expertly mingled with the irrefutable seductiveness and allure of its highly tactile and deeply sensuous fur pages.”
Victoria and Alberta Museum, London
Killing III was featured in The Art of the Book: from medieval manuscript to the graphic novel, published by the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2001.
Hawrysio’s books have been purchased by The Victoria and Albert Museum, The Yale Art Library, the National Gallery of Canada, the Bruce Peel Collection, and various private collectors. Killing II was featured in The Art of the Book: from medieval manuscript to the graphic novel, published by the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2001.