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Video still: "Rudzienko", 2016. two-channel HD video installation channel 1: 48:41 min., continuous loop; channel 2, 20:00 min., continuous loop edition of 6 + 2 AP. @ Sharon Lockhart. Courtesy of the artist, neugerriemschneider, Berlin, and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels

Gotland Film Lab: Sharon Lockhart

Los Angeles-based artist Sharon Lockhart is taking part in the Gotland Film Lab residency in the summer of 2016. On Gotland Lockhart continued her longterm collaboration with now 17-year-old Milena. During the residency Lockhart reached out to the local Gotland community and BAC hosted a filmscreening at Tors Gård Ungdomshem – a drug rehabilitation program for youth. The 3 week stay also included film and photographic work at Ingmar Bergman’s Estate and other Gotland sites.

Between 2013 and 2016, Sharon Lockhart created a body of work revolving around conditions of childhood, a thematic that has appeared throughout her practice since the early 1990s. Inspired in part by the life and work of Polish-Jewish pedagogue Janus Korczak — whose radical philosophies were among the first to empower the often-disregarded voice of the child — Lockhart conducted extensive research into various analyses and representations of children. At the heart of her research was her collaboration and friendship with a young Polish woman named Milena, whom she first befriended in 2009 during the production of her film Podwórka in Łódź, Poland. Lockhart’s longterm work with Milena, who has lived in various state residences, has mapped the trajectory of a small girl’s maturation into an adolescent and young adult, serving as a site of mutual discovery and revelation. Their collaboration has been the subject of a dedicated exhibition that traveled from the Center of Contemporary Art, Warsaw, to Bonniers, Konsthall, Stockholm and Kunstmuseum Luzern (2013 – 2015), as well as a solo exhibition at The Arts Club of Chicago (2016).

As Lockhart’s collaboration with Milena evolved, it grew to include Milena’s peers at The Youth Centre for Sociotherapy, a state residence for girls in Rudzienko, Poland. The tour-de-force of Lockhart’s work in Poland, the film Rudzienko grew out of a series of workshops the artist devised for the young women over the course of two consecutive summers. Bringing in specialists to develop targeted exercises, Lockhart sought to empower the girls’ individual voices and explore the specific choices they make in articulating their perspectives about the world. In the film, framed by the surrounding landscape, the young women’s philosophical conversations and actions address topics of children’s agency and subjectivity, underscoring Lockhart’s aim to foster self-reflection, expression and, above all, for the voice of the child to be heard.

Sharon Lockhart Over the past twenty-five years, Sharon Lockhart has created an extensive body of work in photography and film. Many of her projects involve years of in-depth research and collaboration with particular communities, which result in the creation of both photographic series and films. In 1997, Lockhart created her film Goshogaoka, in which she collaborated with a young girls’ basketball team from a high school in a Tokyo suburb who performed choreographed exercise routines; Teatro Amazonas (1999), for which Lockhart and two anthropologists interviewed more than six hundred individuals in Amazonas, Brazil; NŌ (2003), in which Lockhart returned to Japan for a filmic analysis of the movements of two farmers as they methodically covered a field with a coat of hay; Pine Flat (2005), which focuses on a group of children in a rural community in the foothills of California’s Sierra Nevada over the span of four years; Lunch Break (2008), a collaboration with the workers of Bath Iron Works, the largest shipyard in the state of Maine; Double Tide (2009), a film depicting the work of a female clam digger; and Podwórka (2009), a film which takes as its subject matter the courtyards of Łódź, Poland and the children that inhabit them. Lockhart’s work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions at museums worldwide, including the Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw; Kunstmuseum Luzern; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Israel Museum; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Wiener Secession; and Kunsthalle Zürich. She has received many awards and fellowships, including the 2015 Herb Alpert Award, the Radcliffe Fellowship, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, and the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst Fellowship.

Video still: "Rudzienko", 2016. two-channel HD video installation channel 1: 48:41 min., continuous loop; channel 2, 20:00 min., continuous loop edition of 6 + 2 AP. @ Sharon Lockhart. Courtesy of the artist, neugerriemschneider, Berlin, and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels

Support

Gotland Film Lab residency were made possible with the support of the Swedish Arts Council’s Regional Development grant.

Links

Sharon Lockhart Studio

Tors Gård Ungdomshem

The Bergman Estate

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