Persona Non Grata

7 Dec 2007 – 6 Jan 2008

One in the Other

London, United Kingdom


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  • Bethnal Green

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Curated by Ben Judd


'Indeed it is precisely by connecting our tales of the real and the unreal, the superficial and the deeply felt, the authentic and the inauthentic, that artists […] lead us to wonder, finally, at the artifice of our own hybrid natures, and from there to question the sense of human life, of all accepted meanings, and all truths deemed to be beyond dispute.'
Ralph Rugoff

One in the Other is pleased to present an exhibition of film and video from the last 40 years curated by Ben Judd. The artists in Persona Non Grata reinvent themselves and adopt different personas as a method for producing work that is rich in narrative, whether true or false. These videos and films can be seen as an attempt to expel an unwelcome person, to exorcise a character, to cleanse the soul.

The relationship between the artist and his or her persona(s) is called into question by looking at the shift between a real and a fictional world. To what extent is the artist directing events? Is the artist passive or controlling the action?

The apparatus of the work, devised by the artist, lets us fill in the gaps between what is real and imagined, and it is this creative process that allows us to enter their world. It is the leap of faith on behalf of the viewer that makes the work compelling.

Persona Non Grata presents artists' film and video that examines these notions using a variety of different strategies. The selection encompasses the past four decades, combining well-established artists and emerging newcomers.

Alex Bag: Fall '95 (1995, 57 min)

John Baldessari: I Am Making Art (1971, 18 min 40 sec)

David Blandy: I Am (2003-04, 2 min), The White and Black Minstrel (2007, 15 mins)

Marcus Coates: Finfolk (2003, 7 min)

Alan Currall: I Know You're There (1995, 7 min 44 sec), Message To My Best Friend (2000, 4 min 20 sec)

Oriana Fox: All My Life (2007, 20 min), Consciousness, Understanding 'N' Trust (2004, 5 min 50 sec) The Embodiment Workout (2005, 6 min 20 sec)

Dryden Goodwin: Reveal (2003, 15 min)

Ben Judd: I Will Heal You (2007, 12 min)

Meiro Koizumi: The Art of Awakening (2005, 9 min)

Paul McCarthy: Rocky (1976, 45 min), Cultural Soup (1987, 6 min 55 sec)

John Smith: The Girl Chewing Gum (1976, 12 min), Regression (1999, 17 min), Museum Piece (2004, 12 min)

John Spiteri: Petshop Violence (2003, 3 min), Omm (2002, 2 min 30 sec), Can't Do That (2002, 1 min 30 sec)

Gillian Wearing: Homage to the Woman the Bandaged Face Who I Saw Yesterday Down Walworth Road (1995, 7 min)

William Wegman: selected work 1970-1974

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