Everybody says it's all in your head by Clare Bottomley & Johnny Hourigan

20 Nov 2015

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The Horse Hospital

London, United Kingdom


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Please join us for the screening of ‘Everybody Says It’s All In Your Head’ by Clare Bottomley and Johnny Hourigan at the Horse Hospital. Johnny will introduce the film and a conversation between Clare and writer David Lillington will follow the screening. A text by Anca Rujoiu will be published.


‘I met Johnny when I took a job at a youth club in South London. I was his film tutor. He is now a young man aged 17 on the verge of adulthood facing the knowledge his autism will always make him different from other people.

Eschewing from the traditional approach in documenting the Other, I attempted to construct a complete inclusive and collaborative process in which the subject is included in all aspects of production and have full control on the filming, but also editing process. From the outset, Johnny has been involved in all the stages that make such a production come together from choosing a camera to designing the conditions of the film display in an exhibition context.

We have created a film that shifts the power within the processes of film making, placing the camera in the hands of the subject and creating a gaze that looks back at the audience.’

'Everybody Says It's All In Your Head' received the Deutsche Bank award for its production in 2013. 

Clare Bottomley lives and work in London. With a practice that incorporates video and photography, her work investigates self-portrait and performance of the self. She studied for an MA in Photography at the Royal College of Art, London, 2011-2013 and has been working as an art educator for six years. Clare is currently visiting lecturer at North Kent College. Recent exhibitions include: Flint House, Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire (2015), Revisiting the Body, New Boon(e) Gallery, Philadelphia (2015), Ultra-Feminism, Roodkapje, Rotterdam (2014), Show RCA, Battersea, London (2013), Waving Flags, Book Launch and Pop Up Exhibition, Work Gallery, London (2013) and Splinter, Michael Hoppen Gallery, London (2013).

David Lillington is a British writer and curator. In September he showed Death and Dying (video screening with 13 artists' videos) at Danielle Arnaud, London and Kunstraum Artenne, Austria, and presented a paper for the 12th Conference of Death Dying and Disposal of the Body at University of 1st December 1918 in Transylvania. A monograph on Georgian painter Keti Kapanadze will appear before the new year, with a chapter by Lillington.  In 2014 he curated Death and Dying / Tod und Sterben in Vienna at MAG3 Projektraum. He is also the author, with sculptor Rob Filby, of the book on sculpture 'Sculpture Craft Magic Broccoli Glass Mariah Pyramid Stem’. He works part-time with adults with learning difficulties. 

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