The Jerwood/FVU Awards 2018: Unintended Consequences premieres two newly commissioned moving-image installations by Maeve Brennan and Imran Perretta, the recipients of this fifth edition of the Awards.
At a moment when world events are so volatile and turbulent that it’s hard to predict what might happen next, the two artists’ works reflect the complex, entangled nature of contemporary experience.
Maeve Brennan’s Listening in the Dark gathers a series of subtle but penetrating soundings of human beings’ impact on the natural environment. A creature that has often fallen beneath our radar is the bat. Undisturbed, and largely unchanged, for millions of years, its nocturnal rhythms are being increasingly interrupted by the presence of wind turbines. Brennan illuminates how scientific research has revealed a whole sensory dimension that we were previously oblivious to.
Imran Perretta’s film 15 days examines how the face of the refugee has been dehumanised, often anonymised, and frequently demonised.
The work is inspired by the time that Imran spent in Calais and Dunkirk with former inhabitants of the refugee camp that became known as the Jungle, and are now living rough in the surrounding woodland.