Shortlisted for The Film London Jarman Award 2015
Celebrating the spirit of experimentation, imagination and innovation in the work of UK artist filmmakers, the Jarman Award recognises individual artist filmmakers whose risk-taking work resists boundaries and conventional definition – work that encompasses innovation, excellence and vision.
The purpose of the award is open-ended – an investment in the career of an individual enabling a period of experimentation without pressure. The award shines a light on artist film-makers who are to our times what Jarman was to his.
Alia Syed’s films examine memory, representation and colonialism through narratives constructed from personal and historical realities. Her two most recent works combine her interest in storytelling with a compelling presentation of history as a visual narrative; using diverse subjectivities to re-frame both the time flow of the river Thames and the regeneration of the city of Glasgow respectively. Her unique approach sutures different subjective positions in relation to culture, diaspora, and location, specifically in relation to gender and notions of cultural difference.
Syed’s films have been shown at numerous institutions around the world including BBC Arts Online (currently); The Triangle Space: Chelsea College of Art, London, (2014); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2012?13); 5th Moscow Biennale (2013); Museum of Modern Art, New York, (2010); Museo National Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, (2009); XV Sydney Biennale (2006), Hayward Gallery, London, (2005); Tate Britain, London, (2003); Glasgow Museum of Modern Art (2002); Iniva, London, (2002); The New Art Gallery Walsall (2002); and Tate Modern, London (2000). Syed’s films have also been the subject of several solo exhibitions at Talwar Gallery in New York and New Delhi. Alia Syed was born in 1964 in Swansea, Wales, and lives between London and Glasgow.
The Award will be announced at the Whitechapel Gallery on Monday 30 November in a special ceremony where they will receive £10,000 prize money and support from Channel 4 to produce a new film for their Random Acts arts strand.