AboutMarvin Gaye Chetwynd's new film Hermitos Children 2 is the artist's largest commission to date. Chetwynd has become well known for her carnivalesque live performances, which feature homemade costumes and a varying ensemble of friends and family. These performances share elements of the bawdy anarchy of sixteenth-century wandering troupes, foregrounding key moments from art history and cultural production. The film will be presented in the gallery within a large-scale installation incorporating a number of props and interiors.
Hermitos Children is an ongoing project that takes the form of an experimental television crime drama. Each episode follows female detective Joan Shipman as she uncovers and solves sex-crimes. The film combines staged cinematic sequences with footage of live performances. Rather than documenting events chronologically, Chetwynd coheres both scripted and live elements into a single overarching narrative. Filming for Hermitos Children 2 will take place in London, Nottingham, Krakow, Gothenburg, Gozo, Vienna and Australia.
On Saturday 6 September 2014 a large-scale event will be held at Studio Voltaire. This live performance, referencing Catwoman and Minoan bull-leaping will be recorded and elements will be included in the final cut of the film. Hermitos Children 2 follows a long-standing collaborative relationship between Studio Voltaire and Chetwynd, having worked together on multiple projects since 2005. This film is a sequel to Hermitos Children, the pilot episode (2008), which was first presented at Altermodern, the fourth Tate Triennial (2009) and subsequently acquired by The Tate Collection.