The Film London Jarman Award has announnced that Oreet Ashery was named this year’s winner. The artist was recognized for her Web series Revisiting Genesis. Commissioned by Stanley Picker Gallery, the work evaluates the relationship between technology and death. Ashery will receive a commission for Channel 4’s short film forum Random Acts and approximately $13,246 in prize money.
Ashery’s practice is often satirical, experimental, and collaborative. In her most recent work, Passing Through Metal, she merges death metal and knitting in a performance, and in her film Party for Freedom, a combination of live performance and music with moving image, she questions political polarities such as hippy liberalism and populism. Ashery has been featured in exhibitions held at London institutions such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Freud Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Royal Opera House, and the Whitstable Biennale.
“Oreet Ashery is a fitting winner for the tenth Film London Jarman Award as her mercurial, ever-evolving work is nigh-on impossible to pigeonhole,” Adrian Wootton, chief executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said. “She has spent her entire career pushing the boundaries of moving image as an art form, and it’s this questing restlessness of spirit that we set out to champion when the award was first established.”
Sound designer Chu-Li Shewring was named the winner of the Jules Wright Prize for Female Creative Technician. Named after the late founder of the Wapping Project, a successful theater director, curator, and long-time champion of women in the arts, the $6,000 prize aims to recognize 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.