Three (and a half) Films with Many Shared Characters
Galleria 1/9unosunove is pleased to announce the second solo exhibition in Italy by British artist Jamie Shovlin (1978, Leicester, UK).
Following extended research and meticolous reconstruction, the exhibition represents a significant step towards the fulfilment of the ambitious Hiker Meat Project, an exploration of the internal mechanisms of artistic endeavour, whether film or art, and the degree to which a director or artist has control over their works’ intended message. Both homage and deconstruction of the 1970-80 exploitation era of film, the project hovers between fact and invention, truth and fiction: through the careful combination of real data and imaginary elements, Jamie Shovlin creates an elaborate operation dealing with the re-interpretation of a film (Hiker Meat) which was never produced and whose director (Jesus Rinzoli) never existed.
The new body of artworks created for the exhibition at 1/9unosunove trace the genesis of three posters for three different cuts of the film: the Italian cut from 1979, the Spanish cut from 1981 and the US one from late 1981. Preparatory drawings, archive materials, documents and illustrations describing the stages of development of the plot and the characters, are retrospectively sited within the context in which they were supposedly created. From character-types to costumes, from design to font, everything relates to the conventions of the genre from which the artist draws his inspiration, further puzzling the observer on the actual existence of the film through a calculated presentation of the information.
The opening of the exhibition precedes the live performance Hiker Meat (Rough Cut) by Jamie Shovlin and the Lustfaust which will take place on Wednesday, February 2 at 8pm at the foyer of Rome’s Teatro Eliseo. This event will be presented by Fondazione Giuliani in collaboration with MACRO museum of Rome.
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