Amie Siegel, Bloodlines, 2022, 4K video, colour/sound. © Amie Siegel. Courtesy of Thomas Dane Gallery. Photo: Richard Ivey
Amie Siegel discusses her new video work Bloodlines, currently on display at Thomas Dane
Gallery and the Scottish National Museum Gallery of Modern Art, with Adrian Searle, chief art critic for The Guardian.
Siegel has long been interested in the lives of artworks and objects – how they gain cultural meaning and value. Bloodlines follows the movement of paintings by the English artist George Stubbs (1724 – 1806), from their aristocratic homes to their exhibition in a public art gallery, and subsequent return, thus rendering visible complex networks of art, pedigree and cultural identification.
Filmed in numerous private country estates and public institutions across the UK, Bloodlines offers an intimate look into the world of cultural property, the ownership of heritage and distinctions between private and public realms. One of Siegel’s most ambitious works to date, Bloodlines exemplifies the artist’s understated mastery of form, revealing systems of class and inherited wealth, while subtly suggesting colonialism’s role in establishing and perpetuating these structures.
Amie Siegel (b. 1974, Chicago, IL) works variously between film, video, photography, performance and installation. Recent solo exhibitions include Medium Cool, Blaffer Art Museum, Houston; Winter, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao; Strata, South London Gallery; Ricochet, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart; Double Negative, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich; Provenance, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Siegel has been a fellow of the DAAD Berliner-Künstlerprogramm, the Guggenheim Foundation and is a 2021 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Award recipient. Siegel’s multichannel video installation Asterisms (2021) debuted in autumn 2021 at the 34th São Paulo Bienal and her recent work, The Silence (2022), just opened at ArkDes, the Swedish Center for Architecture & Design, Stockholm. Bloodlines (2022) is on display at the Scottish National Museum Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, and features in Siegel’s current solo exhibition at Thomas Dane Gallery, London. The artists lives in New York City.