Marianna Simnett, The Bird Game, 2019 (film still). Courtesy the artist, FVU, the Rothschild Foundation and Frans Hals Museum.
An evening of events including a new spoken-word performance by artist Nora Turato exploring the possibilities and contradictions of language and a screening of Marianna Simnett’s new film The Bird Game, a hellish tale of childhood and transformation.
Turato’s practice is informed by language systems and the slippages that occur through reinterpretation and association. The artist’s new performance merges performance art and contemporary music, fusing fragments of advertising slogans, everyday conversations, literature and social media posts.
Marianna Simnett is a London-based artist challenging how bodies are perceived and imagined. Her new film The Bird Game (2019) is a wicked fairy tale in which a loquacious and bloodthirsty crow, voiced by Joanne Whalley, lures six children to a secluded mansion and snares them in a sequence of deranged games.
This event is programmed as part of Image Behaviour
, the ICA’s annual convening dedicated to experiments in artists’ moving image, considering the intersectional, cross-disciplinary possibilities of the medium.
Nora Turato lives and works in Amsterdam. Recent solo shows include Someone oughta tell you what it’s really all about, Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto; warp and woof, Galerie Gregor Staiger, Zurich; explained away, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz; and diffusion line, Beursschouwburg, Brussels (all 2019). Performances have taken place at Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto; Block Universe, London; Kunsthalle Wien; and Fri Art Centre d’Art Fribourg, among others. Forthcoming solo shows will take place at MGLC, Ljubljana and Sammlung Philara, Duesseldorf in 2020.
Marianna Simnett lives and works in London). Recent solo exhibitions took place at Copenhagen Contemporary (2019); FACT, Liverpool (2019); the New Museum, New York (2018); Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt (2018); Zabludowicz Collection, London (2018); Matt's Gallery, London (2017); and Seventeen Gallery, New York (2016). Group exhibitions took place at Sadie Coles, London (2019); Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin (2019); Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong (2019); and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2019). Simnett won the Jerwood / FVU Award in 2014-15 and was shortlisted for the Jarman Award in 2017. Forthcoming solo exhibitions will take place at Frans Hals Museum, Amsterdam (2019); Kunsthalle Zürich (2019); IMA Brisbane (2020); and a group show at Castello di Rivoli, Italy (2020).