12 December 2008

On Overgrown Paths - Ben Rivers

Just this weekend left to catch Ben Rivers' top-notch show at Permanent Gallery in Brighton, developed in collaboration with Measure. At two venues, three films showing on 16mm in three 'self-built' cabins. I think that means Ben built them, not that they built themselves.

Ben's films are uneasy portraits of people living at a remove from the rest of us, in places at a remove from where we find ourselves. And presenting them in these strange and evocative structures gives a magical sense of 'dwelling'. It's effective and affecting. Not least because it evokes the inevitable unease of coming across cabins in the woods...

Image: This is My Land, Ben Rivers

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