FVU Frames: Karen Kramer, Jerwood/FVU Awards 2016 Exhibition

Now in its third edition, the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2016 exhibition Borrowed Time will premiere two moving-image works by the winning artists selected from over 250 applications; Karen Kramer and Alice May Williams. The artists’ developed the works following the award of £20,000 each last year from Jerwood Charitable Foundation and FVU. The exhibition will begin at Jerwood Space, London from 9 March to 24 April; the show will then travel to CCA, Glasgow from 28 May to 10 July.

The artists each responded to the theme Borrowed Time, concentrating on economic apprehension and the ecological threat caused by our exploitation of natural resources. With this, both artists focused on the use of power stations; Karen Kramer uses sound and text to create The Eye That Articulates Belongs on Land, a filmic study on the landscape surrounding the Fukushima nuclear reactor, and Alice May Williams focuses on the changing face of Battersea Power Station in Dream City – More, Better, Sooner, which encompasses a playful exploration of imagery.

Kramer filmed in Shiretoko National Park, northern Japan, with particular focus on the forbidden human entry areas surrounding the Fukushima nuclear reactor. The film concentrates on the changes in landscape and ecology almost five years after its closure in 2011 after numerous radioactive leaks. The film draws attention to nature’s ability to heal itself after a disaster. Kramer identifies the beauty of Shiretoko and the wilderness of Fukushima whilst referencing local Japanese mythologies to highlight the responses to a nuclear disaster and the power of nature as a force for recovery and encourages the audience to be aware that things are not always what they seem.

Borrowed Time, 9 March -24 April, Jerwood Space, London.

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1. FVU Frames: Karen Kramer. Courtesy of Jerwood/FVU Awards and YouTube.