Artists' Film: Jarman Award Touring Programme 2021

Film London Jarman Award 2021 shortlisted artists. Top row, left to right: Adham Faramawy, Sophia Al-Maria and Sin Wai Kin, Georgina Starr. Bottom row, left to right: Guy Oliver, Larry Achiampong, Jasmina Cibic.
Film London Jarman Award 2021 shortlisted artists. Top row, left to right: Adham Faramawy, Sophia Al-Maria and Sin Wai Kin, Georgina Starr. Bottom row, left to right: Guy Oliver, Larry Achiampong, Jasmina Cibic.

Click here to watch a Q&A with shortlisted artist Guy Oliver

Discover the incredible diversity within the world of artists’ filmmaking in the UK, with a presentation of the work of the shortlist of this year’s Film London Jarman Award. From the individual and autobiographical to the global and political, these films draw us into their narratives through poetry, experimental sound, surreal computer graphics, performance, dance and choreography.

The artists shortlisted this year are: Larry Achiampong, Sophia Al-Maria, Jasmina Cibic, Adham Faramawy, Guy Oliver and Georgina Starr. The programme will also feature a Q&A with Guy Oliver.

Inspired by visionary British filmmaker Derek Jarman, the Award recognises and supports artists working with the moving image. The shortlisted artists illustrate the spirit of inventiveness within moving image, highlighting the breadth of creativity and craftsmanship the medium has to offer, as well as its powerful ability to engage and provoke audiences. The Award comes with a £10,000 prize.

The winner of the Film London Jarman Award will be announced on the 23 November. The award is presented in partnership with the Whitechapel Gallery.

The tour runs from 16 October to 26 November and will exist in partnerships with seven arts venues across the UK, and a special online version of the Award ceremony.


The films will be available for preview on Thu 28 Oct between 12pm and 12am.

Larry Achiampong Beyond the Substrata (2020), 19’

Sophia Al-Maria and Sin Wai Kin Astral Bodies Electric, Make Up! (2019), 16’

Jasmina Cibic The Gift (2021), 25’

Adham Faramawy the air is subtle, various and sweet (2021), 35’

Guy Oliver You know Nothing of my Work (2020), 33 mins’

Georgina Starr Quarantaine (2020), 43’

Please book to register for an online in-conversation with artist Guy Oliver and Nottingham Contemporary's curator of Live Programmes, Canan Batur. A link to the in-conversation will be made available on Thu 28 Oct.

About this event

Online. Free. Live Stream.
You can access this event through this webpage and on the Nottingham Contemporary YouTube channel.
There will be captioning for this event.
A transcription will be available for download on this webpage afterwards.
We are unable to provide British Sign Language interpretation for this event.
A recording of the event will be available afterwards.
The duration of the event is one hour. A rest break is not included.

By signing up to this event you agree to have your email address shared with Nottingham Contemporary and Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network (FLAMIN), the organisers of the Jarman Award, for the purpose of a post-event survey.

Larry Achiampong's solo and collaborative projects employ aural and visual archives, live performance, and sound to explore ideas surrounding class, cross-cultural and post-digital identity. Achiampong’s work examines his communal and personal heritage. Achiampong has exhibited, performed, and presented projects at Tate Modern; Venice Biennale; Somerset House and Liverpool Biennial.

Sophia Al-Maria’s cinematic videos explore, postcolonial identity, imperialism, and counter-histories weaving together music, literature, oral history, film, and dance. Her fractured, nonlinear works is often cast against a science fiction backdrop and explores the revision of history, the isolation of individuals through technology, and the corrosive elements of consumerism and industry. Solo exhibitions include Garage, Moscow; Whitechapel Gallery; and Whitney Museum New York.

Jasmina Cibic considers how ideologies and cultures are constructed and then framed through mechanisms such as art and architecture. Her work explores the construction of national culture and how it can be used for political aims, and looks at forms of soft power. Jasmina represented Slovenia at the 55th Venice Biennial and has had solo exhibitions at BALTIC, Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead.

Adham Faramawy works across a wide variety of media from computer programmes, moving image and apps to print. Their performance for camera videos are often installed as part of sculptural assemblages. The works consider how social issues become entangled with environmental issues. Using movement, poetry, spoken word, and dance they tell stories about consumption, identity construction, the body, and the nature of desire. Adham has had a solo exhibition at Bluecoat Liverpool and has screened at both Tate Britain and Tate Modern.

Guy Oliver’s moving image work is rooted within a framework of self-portraiture, and explores notions of masculinity, identity, comedy, and tragedy, taking a highly personal but irreverent working approach. The work integrates and then dissects areas of popular culture: cinema, sport, politics, popular music, stand-up comedy, and art history act as the recurring subject matter. Recent presentations include Jerwood/FVU Awards 2020, London and Art Night.

Georgina Starr makes videos, sound and large-scale installation works with a focus on female identity, the otherworldly, and her longstanding interests in the visionary aspects of experimental cinema. Her projects are initiated by extensive periods of research that always involve some form of writing—scripts, fictions, lectures, scores, and poetry. Recent solo presentations include Leeds Art Gallery and Glasgow International.

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