Gamekeepers without Game

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Gamekeepers without Game, 2009 Film Still © Courtesy of the artist and Altman-Siegal
Gamekeepers without Game

1150 25th Street
94107 San Francisco
April 1st, 2010 - May 15th, 2010
Opening: April 1st, 2010 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Union Square/Civic Center
Tue-Fri 10-6; Sat 11-5
video, film


Altman Siegel is pleased to present Gamekeepers without Game, a new film by British artist Emily Wardill. The show will include her feature length film Gamekeepers Without Game projected in 5.1 stereo surround sound, with the corresponding film stills. Although Wardill has  exhibited widely in Europe, this will be her first gallery exhibition in the United States. The film is  ased on a re-imagining of the 17th century play Life is a Dream (La Vida es Sueño) by  Pedro Calderón de la Barca translated into contemporary London. It tells the story of a girl put  up for adoption by her family at a young age. When the girl is a teenager, her guilty father  devises a plan for her to return to the family home, but by this time the divide is too great. The  situation forces the question of the assumed virtues of bourgeois values. Her destructive  response to the objects and people within leads to her being forcibly removed and having to  strategize her way back. Set to a drumming soundtrack, which highlights the spatial  construction of the narrative, the film has a stark yet glossy aesthetic – the characters and  objects are presented as if they are airline food, with no person or object touching another.

Emily Wardill (b.1977) is a London-based filmmaker. She has exhibited widely in the UK and  nternationally, including an upcoming exhibition at De Appel, Amsterdam (2010), and past  projects at MOCA Miami (2009); Spacex, Exeter (2009); ICA, London (2008); Fortescue  Avenue/Jonathan Viner, London (2005 and 2006); and STANDARD (OSLO) (2008). Her work  has been screened at the Art Now Lightbox, Tate Britain; the International Short Film Festival,  Oberhausen; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Witte de With, Rotterdam; and the London Film  Festival. In 2008, Wardill was nominated for the Jarman Award and performed Life is a Dream  at the Serpentine Gallery, London in 2007.

The film will screen six times a day. An exact schedule of screening times will be available online and at the front desk of the gallery. For more information, please contact the gallery at  415-576-9300 or

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