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Louisa Fairclough

Film Studies: And Now My Voice Enters Your System

13th - 21st April, 2013

“I am film. From which the image has slipped away. And all that is left is the voice which has fought its way from the sideline and now funnels its way along the very centre of my being”. 

INDEX is delighted to present a new 16mm film installation – a work in progress – by Louisa Fairclough.

Louisa Fairclough’s practice includes film, sound, drawing and performance. Her work addresses the materiality of film and is often poignant and personal. From the projector a ribbon of unexposed film threads across the room and loops back to the machine. The filmstrip cuts through the space – a line of emotion, voice made material – the gallery becoming a poetic moment. In these works the projector rejects it’s principal function and refuses to emit image and instead the machines intone whispered, spoken and sung phrases – each loop a rumination.

Fairclough has worked once again with actor, Nancy Trotter Landry, and sound recordist, George Richards, using the voice as a key element in the work to transmit a powerful sonic register. The filmstrips slice through the gallery to create kinetic and audible drawings that resonate throughout the space.

Louisa Fairclough was born in East Sussex 1972, she currently lives and works in Bristol. In 2000 Fairclough graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art studying MFA Fine Art Media. Recently Fairclough exhibited in Film in Space at Camden Arts Centre, Displays at the Contemporary Art Society with a solo show Ground Truth at Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art in 2012. Fairclough has work in private and public collections, notably, Cheltenham Museum and Art Gallery has recently acquired three of her drawings together with her film installation Bore Song.

INDEX would like to thank Danielle Arnaud for her support and involvement with this exhibition.