September 10 – October 30, 2010
Talwar Gallery is delighted to present Wallpaper, Alia Syed’s new film work.
In this performative work spanning four generations of women, Syed uses the memory of a wall painting her grandmother made in her late forties to explore the matrilineal relationships within her immediate family. This event explores re-enactment and recreation as a ritual of remembrance. Giving precedence to the relational dynamics of filming, this split screen work intercuts various combinations of video that documents the process of making a 16mm film, with the actual 16mm footage.
Wallpaper will be shown in conjunction with four portraits of the women asleep.
Alia Syed was born in Swansea, Wales and lives and works in London, UK. The Artist has been working in experimental filmmaking for over two decades. Later this year, her work will be shown at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York. Syed’s films have been shown at numerous institutions around the world including a recent solo exhibition at Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain (2009), XV Sydney Biennale in Sydney, Australia (2006), British Art Show 6, Hayward Gallery, London, UK (2005); Personal Space, at Tate Britain, London (2003); Performing Bodies at Tate Modern, London, UK (2000). The artist has been invited to present and discuss her work at Tate Britain, London, UK (2010) and Los Angeles County Museum (LACMA), Los Angeles, CA (2005). In 2002 a major retrospective of Syed’s films, Jigar, was organized by inIVA, London, UK and traveled to Glasgow Museum of Modern Art (GOMA), Glasgow, Scotland, The New Art Gallery in Walsall, UK and Turnpike Gallery, Manchester, UK. The Artist currently teaches at Southampton Solent University and has also lectured at Central St. Martins, Glasgow School of Art and Chelsea School of Art in the UK.