The Horse Hospital, Colonnade, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1JD
21 June 2013, 19:30, free.
Gee Vaucher’s film, Angel, is not so much a movie as a study of stillness wherein the standard exaggerated dramas and sound-bite trickeries of Hollywood are replaced with a profound introversion: a meditation. For some forty-five minutes we are asked to consider a young girl staring back at us, the camera. Sometimes she appears amused, sometimes accusatory, sometimes removed, sometimes present, but because we are given few clues as to her real condition, so those reflections are almost certainly expressions more of our psychologies than hers. In this sense she acts as an angel within, offering us an opportunity to consider our own deeper selves and, for once, to escape the more often than not cynical and manipulative contrivances of the entertainment industry.
Penny Rimbaud will do a reading of a piece called Prayer.
East London born Gee Vaucher started gaining recognition designing politically outspoken record covers and newsletters for anarcho-punk band Crass in the 80s. Her work became a strong influence for protest art as well as the punk and anarchist aesthetic of her time. She used her surrealist influenced collage style and stencil lettering to incite social change, exposing the ills of civil society with frank and often disturbing imagery.
After Crass disbanded Vaucher moved away from the explicit political statements that engaged with the punk ideals of the band and started producing work of a more personal sensibility, exploring the psychological diversity of social inter-relationships. Vaucher’s work is hard-hitting with a gripping aesthetic and has been exhibited internationally as well as been included in a number of books and publications.