EXHIBITION TEXT / Only A Free Individual Can Create A Free Society is a new film installation by German artist Grace Schwindt which revisits discussions she witnessed as a child surrounded by individuals in Frankfurt, Germany. The dialogue running through the film is from an interview that Schwindt conducted with a leftwing activist influenced by the 1960s and 1970s political landscape, shaped by the Frankfurt School, the Outer Parliamentary Opposition and the Baader Meinhof Gang.
Courtesy of the artist and Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp.
"Only A Free Individual Can Create A Free Society"
Grace Schwindt, "Only a Free Individual Can Create a Free Society", (2014), Still from HD video, 80 minutes.
ARTIST BIO / Grace Schwindt (born 1979, Germany) is an artist based in London working with film, live performance and sculpture. Her theatrical sets for film works use minimal architectural elements and props to mark a location, in which she places bodies including her own. Using a tightly scripted choreography in which every move relates to institutionalized systems she investigates how social relations and understandings about oneself are formed, often through acts of exclusion and destruction. The artist’s interviews with individuals often serve as a starting point for fictionalised dialogues delivered by performers. Represented by Zeno X Gallery in Antwerp, her work is distributed by Argos Centre for Media and Art. Recent solo presentations include South London Gallery, ICA, Whitechapel Gallery, Spill Festival, Basement (Brighton), Collective Gallery (Edinburgh) and White Columns (New York). Schwindt was shortlisted for this year’s Jarman Film Award.
EXHIBITION RUNS MARCH 12 - APRIL 19, 2015 / Running time: 80 minutes. Screening times: 12PM, 1:30PM, 3:00PM, 4:30PM daily during gallery hours (Thursday - Sunday, 12 - 6PM).
Only a Free Individual Can Create a Free Society was commissioned by FLAMIN Productions through Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network; Eastside Projects, Birmingham; The Showroom, London; Badischer Kunstverein; Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Site Gallery, Sheffield; Tramway, Glasgow; ICIA, University of Bath; and Zeno X Gallery. Supported by Arts Council England, Hessian Film Fund and The Jerwood Charitable Foundation.