Image: © Julia Waugh
A World Rattled Out Of Habit
Ben Rivers’ work often explores humanities relationship with the wilderness and with ways we try and create hermetic worlds. Primarily shot on black and white 16mm film, his works are difficult to place in a specific time, depicting lives lived at the edges of society, or imagined landscapes populated with the soundtracks of old films.
The exhibition at A Foundation presented many of Rivers’ existing works including the acclaimed "Ah, Liberty!", winner of the Tiger Award at Rotterdam Film Festival, and "This is My Land", a portrait of Jake Williams, who lives alone in the forests of Aberdeenshire separate from society and has a unique perspective on time an example of this is the creation of hedges with bird feeders, allowing the birds’ droppings to germinate and grow.
His films and models were shown throughout the space using the Furnace’s architecture and creating unique spaces for screening. Also included was new suite of etchings produced especially for the exhibition.
Ben Rivers was included in ICA’s "Nought To Sixty" programme and at the Serpentine Gallery London and The Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh.
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