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.

Charlotte Prodger, 'SaF05', installation view Venice Biennale 2019, courtesy of the Artist; Koppe Astner, Glasgow and Hollybush Gardens, London. Photo: Cristiano Corte
Charlotte Prodger, 'SaF05', installation view Venice Biennale 2019, courtesy of the Artist; Koppe Astner, Glasgow and Hollybush Gardens, London. Photo: Cristiano Corte