Chantal Akerman’s Film Art on View in London

Short Takes — Oct 27, 2015

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Earlier this month the cinema world lost Chantal Akerman, one of the field's most vital and influential artists. For nearly fifty years, the renowned Belgian filmmaker not only shaped moviemaking with her daring and profound narrative films and documentaries, but she also created her own cinematic language and thereby changed how we experience the medium itself. Beginning this Friday, which is also the day Akerman's final feature, No Home Movie, will premiere in the U.K., curators from the London gallery Ambika P3 and the film collective A Nos Amours will unveil an extensive retrospective of Akerman's visual-arts installation pieces, offering an eye-opening look at a rarely seen aspect of her work, but one that Ambika P3 curator Michael Maziere calls a “fascinating facet of her oeuvre.”

The exhibition, titled NOW, will run until December 6, and will highlight seven museum and gallery pieces Akerman began creating in 1995, culminating in the show’s centerpiece (also titled NOW): an eight-channel video installation created for the 2015 Venice Biennale. NOW represents the first showing of these works in the U.K., and curators Michael Maziere, Joanna Hogg, and Adam Roberts spent eighteen months bringing the exhibition to life, working with Akerman and drawing support from the Marian Goodman Gallery, which represents the artist. Now, in the wake of Akerman’s death, “the exhibition has become a tribute to her work, and the important issues that she raised through it,” Maziere told artnet News. “She broke down a lot of barriers in terms of form and content, and cut across the personal and the political in a way very few artists have done.”

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