Exhibition — 30 May until 30 Aug 2020
The Stedelijk presents the new single-channel video SaF05 by 2018 Turner Prize-winning artist Charlotte Prodger (Bournemouth, 1974). The video was recently on view at La Biennale di Venezia.
Much of Prodger’s work looks at subjectivity, self-determination and queerness. SaF05 is the last work in a trilogy that forms an autobiographical cycle tracing the accumulation of affinities, desires and losses that form a self as it moves forward in time. SaF05 draws upon multiple sources – archival, scientific and diaristic – and combines footage from a number of geo-graphical locations (the Scottish Highlands, the Great Basin Desert, the Okavango Delta and the Ionian Islands). SaF05 is named after a maned lioness that figures in the work as a cipher for queer attachment and desire. This animal is the last of several maned lionesses documented in the Okavango Delta and is only known to Prodger through a database of behaviours and camera-trap footage logged across several years. These indexes of SaF05’s existence are intersected with autobiographical fragments from Prodger’s own life that fluctuate between proximity and distance. Prodger’s preoccupation with perspective, framing and the physicality of the camera as a sculptural device is expanded in SaF05.
SaF05 is commissioned on the occasion of the 58th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia by the Scotland + Venice partnership, supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland and curated by Linsey Young with Cove Park. SaF05 is produced in partnership with If I Can’t Dance I Don't Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution, with support from Mercer Union, Toronto and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.