‘What Will They See of Me?’

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Shama Khanna

Installation View- Jerwood /FVU Awards: "What WIll They See of Me?". Image: Abbie Stephens
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‘What Will They See of Me?’ (‘WWTSM?’) is the thematic title of the second edition of the Jerwood/Film and Video Umbrella Awards. The four projects by artists Lucy Clout, Kate Cooper, Anne Haaning and Marianna Simnett respond to the question by considering the importance we continue to attach to individual expressions of personal identity when the circulation, and consumption of images and data within an on- and off-line attention economy has never been greater.

The application process for the Awards was open during May – July 2013 to artists within the first five years of their professional practice. The selection panel included artist Ed Atkins, who was previously selected for the first edition of the Jerwood/Film and Video Umbrella Awards and Catherine Wood, Curator of Contemporary Art & Performance at Tate Modern as well as curators and directors from the host organisations. For the first stage of the Awards the four selected artists were each given bursaries to make new works to be exhibited at the Jerwood Space in London between 12 March – 27 April 2014. Two of the four artists will then be selected to develop their works into full-scale commissions with an award of £20,000 each. From 4 – 21 April the exhibition will show concurrently at CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow as part of Glasgow International 2014.

As the new Writer in Residence, I will be posting about the Awards on this blog, following the artists’ thought and production processes up to the ‘WWTSM?’ exhibitions in London and Glasgow opening in the coming month.

The Jerwood/Film and Video Umbrella Awards: ‘What Will They See of Me?’, are a collaboration between Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Film and Video Umbrella in association with CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, and supported by University of East London, School of Arts and Digital Industries.  Film and Video Umbrella is supported by Arts Council England.