Chantel Ackerman: NOW at Ambika P3, London
Ambika P3 and A Nos Amours are proud to present a major exhibition of work by the internationally celebrated filmmaker and artist, Chantal Akerman, in the extraordinary underground space of Ambika P3 London. Entitled Chantel Ackerman: NOW, this will be the first large scale exhibition in the English-speaking world of Akerman’s installation work and will coincide with the UK premiere of her new film, No Home Movie, 2015, on Friday 30 October at Regent Street Cinema, London. None of the works in the exhibition have been previously exhibited in the UK.
There will be seven installation works at Ambika P3: the centrepiece will be NOW, 2015, a powerful 8 channel video installation with surround sound originally commissioned for the Venice Biennale 2015. For this work, Akerman collected images from desert regions, specifically violently contested regions in the Middle East, her aim to present the current condition of violence and conflict as lived experience.
Other works in the exhibition span from 1995 and investigate a variety of emotive themes such as issues around the border of Mexico and America (A Voice in the Desert, 2002), the atom bomb and Hiroshima (Maniac Summer, 2009), woman reclaiming images of herself (In The Mirror), the dichotomous relationship between presence and absence (Maniac Shadows, 2013), the Eastern bloc countries before the fall of Communism (D’Est, 1995) and the sublime (Tombée de nuit sur Shanghaï, 2007).
Chantal Akerman (b. 1950 Belgium, now Paris based) is one of the most unpredictable, farsighted, indefinable, rigorous and playful film artists of her generation. While showing the troublesome complexity of human existence, Akerman’s works are filled with beautiful imagery, music, magic of chance, yearning and hope, yet she also investigates hot-button themes such as racism in the American South, illegal immigration, and terrorism in the Middle East.
Chantal Akerman: NOW is jointly curated by Ambika P3 (Michael Mazière) and A Nos Amours (Joanna Hogg and Adam Roberts) and presented in association with Marian Goodman Gallery. It is supported with funding from Arts Council England, Marian Goodman Gallery and the University of Westminster.
Ambika P3 – Marylebone Road London NW1 5LS
30 October — 6 December 2015
Private View: Thursday 29 October at 6:30pm – 8:30pm