Congratulations to Karen Kramer (MFA Fine Art, 2013) and Alice May Williams (MFA Fine Art, 2014) who have been selected for the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2016, a major annual opportunity for moving-image artists in the first five years of their practice. Both artists will receive a £20,000 award to develop their film projects over a 10-month period. These works will premiere at Jerwood Space (London) on 9 March 2016, before touring to CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts (Glasgow), later in the year.
Karen and Alice were selected from a shortlist of five, chosen from over 250 applications by a panel of experts. Both artists submitted bold proposals that embody their creative response to the 2016 curatorial theme, ‘Borrowed Time’. As the title ‘Borrowed Time’ suggests, the resulting works will reflect on the uncertain nature of our contemporary economic and ecological moment, while also alluding to wider historical patterns and elemental forces.
In Karen‘s proposed film, the collapsed atomic plant of Fukushima in Japan, and its sinister presence in the landscape, acts as a reminder of our fragile relationship with our surroundings.
Alice’s proposed film will use the architectural hulk of London’s Battersea Power Station as a platform for consideration of the various hopes and dreams that have been associated with this riverside site.