Screening: Alberta Whittle's RESET
Frieze Artist Award
9-16 October 2020, 12-5pm
Forma Arts and Media, Peveril House, London, SE1 4TD
Opening 9 October 2020 at Forma’s new cultural hub in South London, this will be the first public screening of Alberta Whittle’s new film RESET, this year's recipient of the annual Frieze Artist Award, commissioned and produced by Forma and Frieze. The new moving-image work is informed by the writings of queer theorist, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, interweaving gothic imagery, fears of contagion, xenophobia and the ensuing moral panic that often follows such anxieties. Exploring timely questions relating to personal healing and the cultivation of hope in hostile environments such as the ensuing global pandemic, colonialism or xenophobia, this urgent political film there are moments of grief and reflection, but also empathy and desire.
Living and working between Scotland and South Africa, Whittle’s interdisciplinary works frequently explore the African diaspora and push for the decolonisation of Western history. Motivated by the desire to manifest self-compassion and collective care as key methods in battling anti-blackness, Whittle choreographs interactive installations, using film, sculpture and performance as site-specific artworks in public and private spaces.
Whittle (b.1980, Bridgetown, Barbados) lives and works in Glasgow. She is an artist, researcher and curator, and is a Research Associate at The University of Johnnesburg. She was a RAW Academie Fellow at RAW Material in Dakar in 2018 and is the Margaret Tait Award winner for 2018/9.
- Frieze Artist Award
The Frieze Artist Award 2020 is commissioned and produced by Forma and Frieze with the support of Arts Council England. This year we have introduced an innovative hybrid of online and offline activity, screening RESET live at Forma’s new cultural hub in South London from 9-16 October 2020 and to audiences worldwide via the Frieze Viewing Room.
Image credit: Matthew A Williams