Three is an exhibition of new film and video works that utilise multi screens as a means to communicate a range of contemporary cultural issues. The three screen device offers the possibility to present different moments in time, narratives or picture views simultaneously.
The exhibition includes projects by artists Karen Brett, Gloria Ojulari Sule and Sarah Tulloch in a show that gives voice to hidden lives, represents multicultural identities and turns forgotten documentary into kaleidoscopic abstraction. This is the first time these three Bristol based artists have worked with film and video and this has been made possible through Picture This' unique Small Wonders scheme.
Karen Brett's Conversations with Myself is a complex exploration of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Internal voices jar with ordinary domestic settings in three powerful portraits that document individuals experiencing a compulsive episode. Brett draws the viewer into a private world and makes visible through sound and moving image the frustrations and fears of the subjects involved. Karen Brett predominantly works in photography, moving image and sound. Her work to date has explored mental health, domestic abuse and intimacy in the third age.
Born in the UK, Gloria Ojulari Sule was distanced at an early age from positive references to her African heritage. In 2006, Ojulari Sule travelled to Dakar where she became fascinated with African dress and inspired by the special qualities and pride revealed by the wearer. HLM Costume records the experience of having a traditional costume made - meeting fabric sellers and tailors in Dakar market, choosing dress styles, fabrics and accessories, watching the tailors at work and the final fitting. The work explores the artists' personal journey seeking to verify her cultural identity, taking in the lively streets and sounds on Dakar.
Over the last five years Sarah Tulloch has worked predominantly with found 35mm slides, overlaying images to create beguiling installations. Double Exposure marks a departure in that it reworks documentary film footage found in the BBC Natural History Unit archive using the same technique. The layering of the film draws a new and seductive complexity from the familiar scenes, creating an almost liquid dance of material as background and foreground merge and mutate into Rorschach-like patterns within strictly edited colour sequences.
Ladies, all the Ladies
Saturday 5 April, 8pm, £3
Cube Microplex, Dove Street, Bristol
Ladies, all the Ladies, an event by Small Wonders artist Lady Lucy. Lucy has chosen 'Lady Lucy' as an alter ego to work under, and her self-imposed task is to meet as many other women in music who have chosen to use the title Lady. This event will bring together the Ladies for an evening that will include performance, screenings and live music. For more information, see http://www.myspace.com/ladies_all_the_ladies
Karen Brett, Gloria Ojulari Sule and Sarah Tulloch in conversation with Simon Morrissey
Saturday 12 April, 2pm, Picture This
An opportunity to hear the artists participating in the exhibition talk about their work, the exhibition and their experience as Small Wonders artists, chaired by curator and writer Simon Morrissey.