The 2009 Jarman Award was awarded, by Film London and Channel 4 in association with the Whitechapel Gallery, to Lindsay Seers.
The other artists shortlisted for the Award included Anja Kirschner & David Panos, Simon Martin and Stephen Sutcliffe.
The award was made at a special event at the Whitechapel Gallery on 22 September 2009. The award event was preceded by a UK tour of screenings and performances of work by the four shortlisted artists.
The Jarman Award jury said of Seers:
“A compelling storyteller, Seers presents a highly inventive approach to memoir, deftly celebrating the craft of film-making. Combining sculptural and filmic elements, her works effortlessly distil complex ideas into concise and engrossing narratives.”
Drawing on theories of perception, Seers creates highly personal narratives which interweave concepts of science, philosophy and photographic theory into the work, in an ongoing investigation into how cinematic and photographic technologies shape us.
These narratives are punctuated by incredible plot devices - stalkings, burglaries, shipwrecks - that mimic the rupture at the heart of image production, creating a dramatisation of selfhood in all its melancholy and failure. By re-casting photography as an act that actually creates experiences rather than records them, or as David Burrows describes it in Human Camera, by creating 'an indexical process that is transformative', the boundaries of photography in Seers' work are truly extended.
Recent exhibitions have included: Altermodern, Fourth Tate Triennial, Tate Britain (2009); It has to be this way, Matt's Gallery (2009); Event Horizon, Royal Academy of Art (2008); and Swallowing Black Maria, Smart Project Space, Amsterdam (2007).
Lindsay Seers is represented by Matt's Gallery, London.