SLAM Fridays late opening, 25 May 2018






Jerwood/FVU Awards 2018: Unintended Consequences will be open until 8pm as part of SLAM Fridays, the late night opening of galleries in South London on the last Friday of every month.

The Jerwood/FVU Awards 2018:Unintended Consequences premieres two newly commissioned moving-image installations by Maeve Brennan and Imran Perretta, the recipients of this fifth edition of the Awards.

Maeve BrennansListening in the Darkgathers a series of subtle but penetrating soundings of human beings impact on the natural environment. While there is a growing sensitivity to the ecological damage we are causing, we can also be strangely blind to things that happen outside of our consciousness. A creature that has often fallen beneath our radar is the bat. Undisturbed, and largely unchanged, for millions of years, its nocturnal rhythms are being increasingly interrupted by the presence of wind turbines. While noting how these new (and well-intentioned) technological developments are affecting the atmosphere in ways we do not always appreciate, Brennan also illuminates how scientific research has revealed a whole sensory dimension that we were previously oblivious to.

At a time when social and geopolitical upheaval has prompted the mass displacement and migration of people across the globe, Imran Perrettas film15 daysexamines how the face of the refugee has been dehumanised, often anonymised, and frequently demonised.

The work is inspired by the time that Imran spent in Calais and Dunkirk with former inhabitants of the refugee camp that became known as the Jungle, and are now living rough in the surrounding woodland. The title of the piece is not a measure of the length of his stay there but rather the alias of one of the people who he became friends with (no one goes by their real names), and a comment on how time slips by when waiting in limbo, in the hope of a new and better life.

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