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Chisenhale Gallery presents a newly commissioned work by the Canadian\, Glasgow based artist Corin Sworn. This will be Sworn’s lar gest and most ambitious exhibition to date and comprises a film presented a s part of an installation with synchronised lighting and sound.

The Rag Papers (2013) exp lores the socially constructed nature of attention and the implications of reuse and appropriation as they reconfigure the meaning of things. The film ’s worried narrative shifts between the perspectives of three characters wh o interact with a series of objects at distinct moments in time. The film u ses point of view shots and cutaway sequences to suggest the roaming of eac h character’s attention and in doing so introduces itinerant spaces such as hotel rooms\, sorting depots and markets.

Sworn uses the language of filmmaking to question human agency\, layering multiple subjective viewpoints and presenting the distrac ted nature of attention and thought patterns as she shifts back and forth b etween the modes of remembering\, looking\, processing and reading. Objects play a central role in the film\, almost as characters in their own right\ , but the suggestion that they indicate or hold specific meaning is deflect ed as designations shift.

In recent work\, such as the performance lecture Roaming Charges (2011)\, and in HDHB (2011)\, made in collaboration with Charlott e Prodger\, Sworn has explored ideas related to the global circulation of o bjects and images. She expands upon these ideas in The Rag Papers with the inclusion of footage shot in second hand goods warehouses –vast re positories where post-consumer textiles and household goods are sorted for reuse and shipped to locations around the world. Here the past trails into the present and objects defy attempts at clean-cut historicisation.

Sworn is interested in the mea ns by which artefacts are borrowed\, adapted and reconfigured to tell diffe rent stories. Her work explores the social ordering of attention and how th e erratic nature of perception might undermine control. Sworn’s films and i nstallations often incorporate found images\, over which she voices her own narratives\, that are themselves composed from fragments of other texts.

In The Rag Papers Sworn continues this use of appropriation but renegotiates its terms. In producing the film she worked with the actors to devise a set of actions in an apartment\, and then hired two documentary filmmakers to shoot the rehe arsed sequences as if they were making a documentary film. Sworn edited the resulting footage to create a narrative which vaguely apes that of a genre film. She has described the work as ‘a seedy noir film that wishes it was an intellectual thriller’.

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Co rin Sworn (born 1977\, London) lives and works in Glasgow. Recent exhibitio ns include\; Endless Renovation\, Art Now\, Tate Britain (2011)\; Tramway\, Glasgow\; Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art\; Witte de With\, Rotterdam (all 2010)\; EASTinternational\, Norwic h\; Kunsthalle Basel (2009)\; Participant Inc. New York (2008). Sworn was n ominated for The Jarman Award 2011 and The Jerwood / Film and Video Umbrell a Award 2012\, and has been selected to represent Scotland at the Venice Bi ennale\, 2013.

The Rag Papers
  is co-commissioned by Neuer Aachener Kunstverein (NAK) whe re the exhibition will be presented in April 2013. The soundtrack of Th e Rag Papers is composed by Eric La Casa. Documentary footage is shot by Martin Clark and Cara Connelly.


Corin Sworn's exhibition is supported by The Henry Moore Foundat ion\, The Elephant Trust and the Corin Sworn Supporters Circle.

Chisenhale Exhibitions Partner 2013 : Fiorucci Art Trust

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