Daria Martin has won the 2018 Jarman Film Award for her 2017 film, A Hunger Artist.
The film retells Kafka’s short story of the same name which explores the phenomenon of hunger artists popular in the early twentieth Century. Performers would fast for up to forty days, and their emaciated state was something audiences came to see. Martin’s film is set in a fantastical Victorian fairground and is a macabre tale of a once popular and adulated performer who now performs for a sceptical and unappreciative crowd.
Martin is a contemporary American artist and filmmaker based in London working primarily in film. A Hunger Artist was up against a competitive shortlist of artists: Larry Achiampong and David Blandy, Jasmina Cibic, Lawrence Lek, Hardeep Pandhal and Margaret Salmon. She was presented the £10,000 prize by writer Olivia Laing in London on 27th November 2018.
[Featured image: © Daria Martin, courtesy Maureen Paley, London. A Hunger Artist: A Hunger Artist, 2017. HD Film. 16 minutes © Daria Martin, courtesy Maureen Paley, London]