July 12, 2017

Marianna Simnett shortlisted for the Jarman Award

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The Film London Jarman Award is a prestigious annual prize which recognises and supports the most innovative UK-based artists working with moving image, and celebrates the spirit of experimentation, imagination and innovation in the work of emerging artist filmmakers

Marainna Simnett is a London-based artist working with moving image, installation and performance. In her most recent work, she treats her own body as one might play with their online avatar, given the ephemerality and flexibility of its digital presentation. In The Needle and the Larynx, 2016, her voice is surgically lowered with Botox whilst she recites a grim parable about gender, nature and artifice.

Recent and upcoming solo exhibitions and screenings include: Matt’s Gallery, London, 2017; Lies, Seventeen, New York, 2016; Valves Collapse, Seventeen, London, 2016; Park Nights, Serpentine Pavilion, London, 2015; and Blue Roses, Comar, Isle of Mull, Scotland.

Marianna Simnett is shortlisted alongside: Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Oreet Ashery, Adham Faramawy, Melanie Manchot and Charlotte Prodger.

The winner of the 2017 Film London Jarman Award will be announced on 20 November 2017 at a celebratory event at the Whitechapel Gallery. Channel 4 will also support the award by commissioning all the shortlisted artists to produce new films for their acclaimed Random Acts arts strand.

Launched in 2008 and inspired by visionary filmmaker Derek Jarman, the Jarman Award the Film London Jarman Award is presented by Film London in association with Channel 4 and the Whitechapel Gallery. The Award has a reputation for spotting rising stars of the UK art world. Previously shortlisted artists include Duncan Campbell, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Luke Fowler, Elizabeth Price and Laure Prouvost, all of whom went on to be shortlisted for or win the Turner Prize.

Other Jerwood Charitable Foundation that have been shortlisted since the Jarman Award began in 2008 include: Ed Atkins, Cécile B. Evans, Marcus Coates, Benedict Drew, Emma Hart, Elizabath Price, Heather Phillipson (who won in 2016), Ben Rivers, Grace Schwindt, Corin Sworn and Bedwyr Williams.


Marianna Simnett:. Image: Abbie Stephens