This evening at a special event at the Curzon Soho in London, Oreet Ashery won the 2017 Film London Jarman Award. Inspired by visionary filmmaker Derek Jarman, the award recognises and supports artists working with moving image and celebrates the spirit of experimentation, imagination and innovation in the work of UK-based artist filmmakers.
Previously shortlisted artists include Duncan Campbell, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Luke Fowler, Elizabeth Price and Laure Prouvost, all of whom went on to be shortlisted for or win the Turner Prize.
Sound Designer Chu-Li Shewring wins £5,000 Jules Wright Prize for Female Creative Technician
Ashery works across moving image and performance. Her risky, fearless and often satirical work breaks taboos and challenges audiences.
In Party for Freedom, commissioned by Artangel, Oreet combines moving image with live performance and music in a work that questions both the traditions of hippy liberalism and the rise of far right popularism. In the web-series Revisiting Genesis, Ashery tackles modern attitudes to death. The work combines real life subjects and fictional characters in a narrative that questions the modern death industry and its relationship to technology – from digital wills that organise online assets to a posthumous video email service. Her film and performance works are constantly experimenting, often collaborative, and feature original music and costumes. She has shown work at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Freud Museum, Whitstable Biennale, ICA and the Royal Opera House.
Oreet Ashery was born and grew up in Jerusalem and now lives in London. She has won numerous awards and her work is held in a number of public and private collections including the Tate and the Brooklyn Museum.
Her most recent touring work Passing Through Metal is a performance piece that combines knitting and death metal. Audiences are invited to pass through the sound of metallic rain produced by eighty metal knitting needles, each attached to a pick-up microphone, and occasionally interrupted by a sludge metal band.
In addition to the Jarman Award, sound designer Chu-Li Shewring received the Jules Wright Prize of £5,000 for Female Creative Technician. Named after the late founder of The Wapping Project, a successful theatre director, curator and long-time champion of women in the arts, the prize seeks to recognise, reward and highlight female creative technicians who have made a significant contribution to artists’ films. Chu-Li Shewring has worked with artists such as Steve McQueen, Frances Scott and Ben Rivers and was praised for her exquisite ‘invisible’ art and craft of layering emotions, mood and underscoring actions in artists’ films.
The Jarman Award, established in 2008, celebrates the diversity and creativity of artists working in film today and provides them with an opportunity to reach a wider audience by creating new work for Channel 4’s Random Acts.
Nominated by experts across the UK contemporary film and arts sectors, the Jury who selected this year’s shortlist were: Iwona Blazwick OBE, Director, Whitechapel Gallery; Andrea Lissoni, Senior Curator, International Art (Film), Tate Modern and Film London Board Member; Catherine Bray, Editor, Random Acts, Channel 4; Shona Illingworth, Artist; Peter Taylor, Director, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival and Tyrone Walker-Hebborn, Director, Genesis Cinema.
The winning artist receives a £10,000 prize. All shortlisted moving image artists receive Channel 4 ‘Random Acts’ commission.