“One autumn, many years ago, my Grandmother, Sadie, painted an entire wall a deep rose pink. The wall was further embellished
with a gold outline created from painting around the shadow of a nasturtium leaf. Sadie is now in her 90’s.” - Alia Syed
Talwar Gallery is delighted to present Wallpaper, Alia Syed’s new film work.
In this performative work spanning four generations of women, Syed uses the memory of a wall painting her grandmother made in her late forties to explore the matrilineal relationships within her immediate family. This event explores re-enactment and recreation as a ritual of remembrance. Giving precedence to the relational dynamics of filming, this split screen work intercuts various combinations of video that documents the process of making a 16mm film, with the actual 16mm footage.
The work explores how intergenerational relationships emerge through the act of recreation of the original wallpaper. This, in itself, is an act of remembrance. How to create a perfect image, an image of perfection that exists in memory? The ‘perfect’ mother daughter relationship informs these central questions of memory and tradition. The act of filming, who films whom, how each woman wishes to be seen by the other and to see for the other is the core concern of the work. The notion of erasure, presence and territory, of subjectivities produced by the very act of remembrance create a compelling new piece in this uncharted area within Syed’s work.
Wallpaper will be shown in conjunction with four portraits of the women asleep.
Alia Syed was born in 1964 in Swansea, Wales and lives and works in London, UK. The Artist has been working in experimental filmmaking for over two decades. Syed's films have been shown at numerous institutions around the world including a recent solo exhibition at Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain (2009), XV Sydney Biennale in Sydney, Australia (2006), British Art Show 6, Hayward Gallery, London, UK (2005); Personal Space, at Tate Britain, London (2003); Performing Bodies at Tate Modern, London, UK (2000). The artist has been invited to present and discuss her work at Tate Britain, London, UK (2010) and Los Angeles County Museum (LACMA), Los Angeles, CA (2005). In 2002 a major retrospective of Syed’s films, Jigar, was organized by inIVA, London, UK and traveled to Glasgow Museum of Modern Art (GOMA), Glasgow, Scotland, The New Art Gallery in Walsall, UK and Turnpike Gallery, Manchester, UK. Later this year, her work will be on view at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York.
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