Emily Wardill

10 Feb 2010 – 27 Mar 2010

The Showroom

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Numerous buses from central London stop on the Edgware Road within a few minutes walk of the space, including the 6, 16, 98, 332 and 414.
  • The Showroom is a short walk from Edgware Road underground station, which is served by the Hammersmith and City, Circle and Bakerloo lines.

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The Showroom presents the London premiere of British artist Emily Wardill's new work, Game Keepers Without Game, a powerful feature length film based on Life is a Dream (La Vida es Sueà ±o) by Pedro Calderón de la Barca. The exhibition will also stage the development of Wardill's new film, Fulll Firearms. Game Keepers Without Game The film translates the 17th century play by Calderón de la Barca into contemporary London; it tells the story of a girl put up for adoption by her family at a young age. When the girl is a teenager her father engineers a way for her to return to the family home, but her destructive response to the objects and people within leads to her being forcibly removed and having to strategise her way back into housing. Set to a drumming soundtrack which highlights the spatial construction of the narrative, the film has a stark yet glossy aesthetic — the characters and objects are presented as if they are airline food, with no person or object touching another.

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