Screening event featuring work by Lucy Skaer, Laure Prouvost, Ursula Mayer, Mark Aerial Waller, Jimmy Robert and Beatrice Gibson.
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Phantoms of the Avant-Garde is the first in a series of monthly events (July to October 2015) exploring lines of connection and points of dialogue between the LUX archive and the Cranford collection. The first screening is presented in collaboration with CGP London at Dilston Grove. The series has been curated by Matt Carter (Distribution Manager, LUX) and Louise Chignac (Special Projects Manager, Cranford).
Taking Laure Prouvost's Wantee, a work centred around her fictional grandfather and his relationship to the Surrealist artist Kurt Schwitters, as a starting point, the works in this screening draw upon avant-garde legacies within contemporary practice. Through explorations of the past, the artists in the programme deconstruct their own canonical heritage, creating new histories through the very apparatus they disassemble. Dislodging of time forges new associations and the tension between an inescapable past and the endless potential of the future, highlight an absurd futility inherent in artistic practice but also an unrelenting and admirable fervour.