Join Maeve Brennan and Imran Perretta for an artist talk, accompanying the Jerwood/FVU Awards: Unintended Consequences exhibition.
Responding to the curatorial theme, the two artists’ works reflect the complex, entangled nature of the present moment, with world events so volatile and turbulent that it’s hard to predict what might happen next.
Maeve Brennan’s Listening in the Dark gathers a series of subtle but penetrating soundings of human beings’ impact on the natural environment. Its focus is a creature that has often fallen beneath our radar: the bat. Undisturbed, and largely unchanged for millions of years, the bat's nocturnal rhythms are being increasingly interrupted by the presence of wind turbines.
At a time when social and geopolitical upheaval has prompted the mass displacement and migration of people across the globe, Imran Perretta’s film 15 days examines how the face of the refugee has been dehumanised, often anonymised, and frequently demonised. The work is inspired by the time that Imran spent in Calais and Dunkirk with former inhabitants of the refugee camp that became known as the Jungle, and are now living rough in the surrounding woodland.
Image: Maeve Brennan, Listening in the Dark (still), 2018.