Claire Hooper works with moving image, print and sculptural installations. She draws on ancient mythology to produce contemporary layered narratives in her work.
Claire will create an installation in the gallery space in which ‘rituals’ and conversations can take place, including a short film which takes the Summerian myth ‘The Descent of Inanna to the Underworld’ as structure for a discussion of contemporary gender politics. This new body of work looks at the significance of the female body in male to female drag in relation to female identity and reproductive labour.
About Claire Hooper claire-hooper.com
Claire Hooper was born in 1978 and lives and works in London. She has participated in numerous exhibitions and screenings internationally, including Taipei, Basel, Berlin, Dubai, New York and Copenhagen. She is the 2010 winner of The Baloise Art Prize 2010 and shortlisted for Jarman Award in 2011.
Thur 10 Nov 5 - 6.30pm
To celebrate the moving image season, join us for the opening of Claire Hooper’s solo exhibition at The Gallery (5 - 6.30pm), and the exhibition opening of Megan Broadmeadow at Plymouth Arts Centre (6.30 - 8pm)
PERFORMANCE BY ASIFA LAHORE AND GUIDED TALK BY CLAIRE HOOPER
Thur 17 Nov 5.30 - 7.30pm
‘When Sumerian Inanna, goddess of love, fertility and war, descends to the underworld to visit her sister Ereshkigal, she arrives ceremonially dressed and laden with her powers. In ritual fashion she is stripped of these and undergoes death at the hands of her sister, only to be resurrected by her devotees in the land of the living.’
Claire Hooper’s installation includes a new video work featuring renowned Asifa Lahore, 'Britain's First Out Muslim Drag Queen' playing the role of Inanna in a contemplative performance derived from this myth.
Asifa will give a one-off performance at The Gallery, followed by a guided talk by Claire Hooper.
FREE event. Booking essential: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/performance-by-asifa-lahore-and-guided-talk-by-claire-hooper-tickets-28887892464
ARTIST TALK: MEGAN BROADMEADOW
Wed 23 Nov 5.30-6.30pm
Welsh artist Megan Broadmeadow lives and works in Bristol. Her immersive installations and sculptural work include combinations of videos, lights and illusions. A graduate of The Slade and Goldsmiths College, Broadmeadow was awarded the 2015-16 Mark Tanner Sculpture Award. Solo show at Plymouth Arts Centre (11 Nov-7 Jan).
ARTIST TALK: PEDRO VALIENTE
Thurs 24 Nov 5-6.30pm
Spanish filmmaker Pedro Valiente lived for ten years in New York and five in Mexico City. As programme leader of our cutting-edge new Contemporary Media Practice degree, he talks about new media - showing his interdisciplinary work including 'The House of My Dreams' (20 min, fiction) and 'New York Spin' (63 min, documentary). 'Penelope is Waiting' (7 min, video art) screens at Plymouth Art Weekender.
TALK & SCREENING: KAZ RAHMAN
Wed 30 Nov 5.30-8pm
Filmmaker Kaz Rahman will discuss themes and formal approaches in his 2010 feature film Salaat (74 min) which 'revolves around the five Muslim prayers' and his 2012 feature film Deccani Souls (105 min) 'a mystical journey that weaves characters through the portentous streets, cafes and chaos of Hyderabad'. This event is organised by our undergraduate film department at the college.
SCREENING: THE DIVIDE (CERT 12A)
Thurs 1 Dec 5.30-7pm (77 min)
The Divide tells the story of seven individuals striving for a better life in modern day US and UK - where the top 0.1% owns as much wealth as the bottom 90%. By plotting these tales together, we uncover how virtually every aspect of our lives is controlled by one factor: the size of the gap between rich and poor. The film is inspired by the critically-acclaimed, best-selling book 'The Spirit Level' by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett.
What: Claire Hooper — Exhibition
When: Wednesday 9 November to Wednesday 13 December. (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 10am-2pm, closed Sunday) free and open to all.
Where: The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art