Artists’ Film: Deborah Joyce Holman: Spill I-III

Black and white image of a person sitting in a landscape with mountains
Film Still. Spill I-III (2022). Deborah Joyce Holman. Courtesy of the artist
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Join us for the UK premiere of Deborah-Joyce Holman’s Spill I-III (2022), an experimental video work which engages with the politics of representation and explores queerness through nature.

Taking Sicily's volcano Etna as a starting point, the three-channel film by Deborah-Joyce Holman, Spill I-III, draws on Édouard Glissant's notion of "tremblement" in a visual poem on the motif of the eruption.

Spill I-III takes on the strategies of asemic writing, a wordless, open form of writing that conveys no specific semantic content and can function beyond a purely linguistic sense, which is underlined by the accompanying score composed by Yantan Ministry. The moving image work ruminates on queer desire, the politics of image production and the voice.

Commissioned by Istituto Svizzero in co-production with Confort Moderne Poitiers, Nottingham Contemporary and Shedhalle Zurich.


3 - 5.30pm: Screening of Spill I-III in The Space (the film installation will be played on a loop)

6 - 7pm: In-conversation between Deborah-Joyce Holman, and Canan Batur, our Curator of Live Programmes

About the event


Limited Capacity.

Booking is required.

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Speakers will use microphones.

This event is wheelchair accessible.

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This event will take place in The Space.

Deborah-Joyce Holman is a multidisciplinary artist based between London and Basel. Their work has recently been shown at Oregon Contemporary (2023); Galerie Gregor Staiger, Zurich (2022); Cordova, Barcelona (solo, 2022); Istituto Svizzero, Palermo (solo 2022) schwarzescafé, Luma Westbau, Zurich (solo, 2022); Sentiment, Zurich (solo, 2022); Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2022); Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris (2022); Kunstverein Last Tango, Zurich (2022); Unfinished Live, The Shed, New York City & House of Electronic Arts, Basel (2021); 7th Athens Biennial (2021); TransBona-Halle, Basel (2021); Damien & The Love Guru hosted by Conceptual Fine Arts Live, Milano (2021); Cherish, Geneva (solo with Yara Dulac Gisler, 2021); Yaby, Madrid (2021); Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva (2021); La Quadriennale di Roma (2020); Material Art Fair, Mexico City (duo booth, 2020); A Soft Spiral, Mikro, Zurich (solo, 2019); Fondation Entreprise Ricard, Paris (2019); Auto Italia, London (2019); Live In Your Head, Geneva (2018); Alienze, Lausanne (duo, 2018); OSLO10, Basel (2017); Locale Due, Bologna (2016), among others. From 2020-2022 she worked at East London arts organisation Auto Italia first as Associate Director. They were the founding director of 1.1, a platform for early-career practitioners in arts, music and text-based practices, with an exhibition space in Basel, Switzerland, which ran 2015 - 2020. Deborah-Joyce has curated the 2018 and 2019 annual group exhibitions for the arts and music festival Les Urbaines, Lausanne, entitled ...and their tooth, finest gold and Cinders, sinuous and supple respectively, presenting newly commissioned works by over 15 international artists.

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