MADE UP Nancy Davenport

20 Sep 2008 – 30 Nov 2008

Open Eye Gallery

Liverpool, United Kingdom


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  • The nearest bus station is at Liverpool ONE, but some buses drop off at the Pier Head, right next door to the gallery. Merseytravel has details of local bus services.
  • By train We are 20 minutes walk from Lime Street station ' Liverpool's mainline railway station. James Street station, served by Wirral Line trains, is a two minute walk. Moorfields station, served by the Northern and Wirral Lines, is a five minute w

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Open Eye Gallery presents a newly commissioned work by Canadian artist Nancy Davenport, shown alongside earlier parts of Workers, an evolving series of projects conceived in 2004. Shot at the Jaguar car plant in Halewood, Merseyside, Davenport's new piece focuses on the assembly line and the workers' daily drive to the plant. Against the background of Ford's recent sale of Jaguar to Indian Conglomerate Tata, the piece reflects on changing conditions and representations of industrial production. Blurring the lines between fact and fiction, it proposes that to search for reality we must look not beyond but within fantasy and illusion. Despite her fascination with moving images, Davenport describes herself as a photographer. Her new piece features an animated sequence of the Jaguar assembly line constructed from digital stills - a hybrid of video and photography. Davenport was inspired by two cult car films of the 1970s: British Sounds (Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Henri Roger), famous for its ten-minute tracking shot of an MG assembly line, and C'etait un rendezvous (Claude Lelouch), a frantic eight-minute Ferrari drive through the streets of Paris.

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