Pi Artworks is pleased to present the screening programme Precious Things, Precarious Times which will accompany the exhibition It still is as it always was by Nancy Atakan and Kalliopi Lemos. Taking it’s cue from their new film “Necklace of Time”, where the artists celebrate the intergenerational transfer of precious experiences, the one-day screening programme will bring together five moving-image works by young women artists: Beatrice Gibson, Maeve Brennan, Gery Georgieva, Özden Demir and HP Parmley.
The films gather around notions of transience, maintenance and endurance. Approaching these affective notions from the perspective of women, and exploring how they are held in materials, preserved in myths or travel between cultures, the films explore stories of value and care — emphasising their importance in times where crisis has become the norm.
The Drift, Maeve Brennan, 2017, 51 minutes.
“The Drift” traces the intertwined material and cultural histories of contemporary Lebanon through three of its inhabitants — the gatekeeper of the Roman temples of Niha, a young car mechanic and an archeological conservator. Depicting histories that are neglected, recycled or conserved just as artefacts and spare parts, the film sketches out an intimate politics of repair.
Deux Soeurs Qui Ne Sont Pas Soeurs (Two Sisters Who Are Not Sisters), Beatrice Gibson, 2019, 22 minutes.
Reimagining a 1929 script by Gertrude Stein, “Two Sisters Who Are Not Sisters” evokes conditions of collectivity by meditating on interpersonal bonds; pregnancy, alliance, kin, friendship, sixth sense, influence. A young woman at a Brazilian bar speaking about the election of a fascist becomes a measure against which Gibson and her network of close collaborators set their hazy drift through the anxieties of our times.
The Voices of Ida, Özden Demir, 2017, 11 minutes.
“The Voices of Ida” takes the Mountain of Ida, who is also the mother goddess, as a figure through which to tell a collective history of the North Aegean. Beginning with Homer, onto Freud and back through Sappho, the journey ends with the current threat of deforestation, which now sadly frames all that has past through these lands.
Balkan Idol, Gery Georgieva, 2015, 4 minutes
Exploring the woman voice as a relay device for cultural histories in Bulgaria, “Balkan Idol” blends songs of a derelict communist past with the brilliantly trashy pop-folk of nightclubs. Ruins of an old monument contrast with flashy interiors in a cinematography of rupture that testifies to the ruptures of history.
Desktop Compositions, HP Parmley, 2019-2020, 10 minutes
A recording of HP’s distinct moving-image performances, “Desktop Compositions” assembles everyday phone recordings, playing with their capacity to hold the pertinent emotions in nondescript memories. Composing movements of alienation and enchantment, the images allow us a breather whilst slowly figuring out the next step.
Maeve Brennan (b.1990, London) is an artist and filmmaker based in London. Recent solo exhibitions include Listening in the Dark, Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art, Finland (2019); The Goods, KUB Billboards at Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2018); The Drift, Chisenhale Gallery, London; The Drift, Spike Island, Bristol, The Drift, The Whitworth, University of Manchester (all 2017) and Jerusalem Pink, OUTPOST, Norwich (2016). Her films have been screened internationally at festivals including FILMADRID, Sheffield Doc Fest and International Film Festival Rotterdam where she was shortlisted for the Tiger Shorts Award 2018. She was awarded the Jerwood/FVU Award 2018 and is the Stanley Picker Fellow 2019–21. She is currently a resident at Somerset House Studios, London.
Özden Demir (b. Istanbul) is an artist and architect. She graduated from the Deparment of Architecture at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University and completed her graduate studies at the Architectural Design MA program at Bilgi University. Her first short film, Net17950, was screened at platforms including the 1st Istanbul Design Biennial and the ZKM-Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe; and took part in, and received various awards at festivals including the Akbank Short Film Festival, Australian International Experimental Film Festival, Adana Golden Boll Film Festival, Ankara International Film Festival and Bilsart. Demir’s first solo exhibition MUHAFAZA that deals with the subjects of space and memory opened at Adahan Istanbul, 5-23 June 2018. She also has a poetry book called “Dönem Ödevi (Term Paper)”.
Gery Georgieva (b. 1986, Varna) is an artist based in London. Her work encompasses video, performance, multimedia installations and musical collaborations.Recent projects include: UWU Channel Radiance at Cubitt Artists, London, Mending a Broken World (with Lenke Rothman), Sörmlands Museum, Nyköping; На Чешмата: At The Source , Palais De Tokyo and Block Universe, London; The Blushing Valley , Swimming Pool Projects, Sofia. Her video work has been screened at Whitechapel Gallery, South London Gallery, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, FRAC Bordeaux, MOCA Cleveland, Ohio, Frieze Art Fair, London & Random Acts, Channel 4 amongst others.
Beatrice Gibson (b.1978) is an artist and filmmaker based in London. Her films are improvised and experimental in nature, exploring the pull between chaos and control in the process of their making. In 2019 she had solo exhibitions at Camden art Centre, London Bergen Kunstall and Mercer Union, Toronto. She is twice winner of The Tiger Award for Best Short Film. In 2015 she won the 17th Baloise Art Prize, Art Basel, and more recently was the recipient of the Images Festival Award for Autobiography (2019). Her latest film premiered at Director’s Fortnight, Cannes Film Festival, 2019.
HP Parmley (b.1988, Ireland) is a London-based artist who works with video, sound and live performance. She completed a BFA at Vancouver’s University of British Columbia in 2011 before an MFA in Fine Art Media at London’s Slade School of Fine Art in 2013. She has since exhibited across the UK and has completed residences in Istanbul, Slovenia, Switzerland, Arizona and online. She will be a resident at RUPERT, Lithuania in 2020 and recently had her first solo exhibition ‘Interlude’, Jupiter Woods (London, 2019).