Private View: Thursday 2nd Feb. 6-9pm
The artist run gallery, Camden Town Unlimited hosts its final exhibition before it is handed over to make way for a new private gallery space. In this terminating show, Camden Town Unlimited presents a film by the artist Peter Sant. Shot after hours in a nearby department store, Sant’s film, Shop Floor uses the in-store furniture displays as film sets to reveal a disorderly account of the lives of a young middle-class Chinese family.
The film unwinds to depict the story of a family as they go through the routines of domestic everyday life. Price tags, and sale signs remain in shot as the bleak routines of their lives unfold bathed in coloured light and surrounded by designer tables, expensive dinnerware, fast food and a retro styled living room. Captured graciously by the slow camera, our female protagonist’s night is disrupted by the arrival of a ghost-like European couple that exist in an atemporal dimension and manage to step into the future of her life.
In his films, Sant re-presents and re-imagines specific locations by employing associative methodologies where the local and the global, the social and political are in constant negotiation with each other, their pasts and their imagined futures. Shop Floor continues along this path and through its use of location, cast and narrative elicits notions of alternative modernity’s, global divisions of labor and the emergence of a new middle-class.
Peter Sant was born in Sydney, Australia and currently lives and works in London. He graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2010. His films have been exhibited both locally and internationally including; Journées du Cinéma Européen (Tunisia), Slade Research Centre (London), Camden Arts Centre (London), Oblong Gallery (London) and the 12th Annual Media Art Biennale (Poland). He is currently an Honorary Research Assistant at the Slade School of Art and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Richmond University
|Duration||03 February 2012 - 12 February 2012|
|Times||Tues - Sat 12-7pm|
|Venue||Camden Town Unlimited|
|Address||15A Camden High Street London NW1 7JE, ,|
|Contact||07810746096 / firstname.lastname@example.org / www.petersant.com|