Hetain Patel wins 2019 Film London Jarman Award
Date posted: 25.11.2019
Hetain Patel has won the 2019 Film London Jarman Award, it was announced this evening at a special event at London’s Barbican Centre. 2019 is the 25th anniversary of Derek Jarman’s death and this year for the first time the work of all six shortlisted artists will be exhibited at the Whitechapel Gallery.
Hetain Patel works across moving image, sculpture, photography and performance. His bold, humorous and accessible work questions identity and challenges audiences. His subject matter has ranged from turning a ford fiesta car into a transformer with his father to a performance piece made entirely of quotes from American film and TV shows. Hetain Patel’s mesmerising films take inspiration from Tarantino, Bruce Lee and contemporary choreography. Mixing humour with Hollywood production values and the language of popular culture, he explores issues of communication, cultural identity and the body.
In his 2015 work, The Jump, Patel explores issues of immigration in modern Britain. Shot in his Grandmother’s house in Bolton, Patel recreates his childhood memory of jumping off the family sofa dressed as Spiderman. In his 2017 work Don’t Look At The Finger, Patel creates a hybrid visual landscape drawing on the highly stylised conventions of Kung Fu movies and mixing them with sign language and cultural tropes from West Africa.
Hetain Patel has shown work at Somerset House, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Tate Modern, The Royal Opera House, Manchester Art Gallery, Southbank Centre and New Art Exchange, Nottingham. Online, his videos have been viewed over 30 million times, including his TED Talk of 2013 titled Who Am I? Think Again.
Hetain Patel was born in Bolton in 1980 and now lives and works in London. He is Sadler’s Wells New Wave Associate Artist.
Hetain Patel was chosen from a distinguished shortlist of artists featuring Cécile B. Evans, Beatrice Gibson, Mikhail Karikis, Imran Perretta and Rehana Zaman. Hetain Patel’s work alongside the five other artists shortlisted for the 2019 Jarman Award will be shown at a special exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery from 26 November – 8 December. The exhibition celebrates the eleven-year partnership between the Whitechapel and the Film London Jarman Award. The Whitechapel Gallery exhibition is the culmination of a national tour, which has seen the work shown at ten venues across the country.
Hetain Patel receives £10,000 prize money.
Members of the Jury said:
‘Hetain Patel’s latest moving image works demonstrate a clear development in his practice, building on strong cinematic influences alongside a greater exploration of choreography and the way in which film technique can manipulate perception of movement. The virtuosity, beauty and humour of his works speak clearly of our current condition, trying to make sense of a polarised world that is far messier than we like to acknowledge. His films are technically sophisticated and his use of sound and super slow motion video capture is masterful.’
The 2019 Film London Jarman Award was introduced by acclaimed Actor, Writer and Director, Rupert Everett. Rupert knew Derek Jarman personally and earlier this year narrated Radio 4’s Modern Nature – an abridged version of Derek Jarman’s 1989-1990 journals.
Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission said:
“I am thrilled that this year’s Film London Jarman Award will celebrate the unique and engaging work of Hetain Patel. By seamlessly combining artists’ and mainstream filmmaking through technology, subject and popular-culture, Hetain reflects an exciting moment in artists’ moving image and its potential to showcase diverse themes and reach new audiences - I can’t wait to see what he does next. I’d like to congratulate all of the shortlisted artists, as well as thank our funders Arts Council England, and our new and returning partners Whitechapel Gallery, Genesis Cinema and h Club London for all their vital support.”
The Jarman Award, established in 2008, celebrates the diversity and creativity of artists working in film today, and is run in partnership with the Whitechapel Gallery, with support from Genesis Cinema and h Club London.
Nominated by experts across the UK film and contemporary art sectors, the Jury who selected this year’s shortlist are: Andrea Lissoni, Senior Curator, International Art (Film), Tate Modern and Film London Board Member; Iwona Blazwick OBE, Director, Whitechapel Gallery; Artists Larry Achiampong & David Blandy, shortlisted 2018; Melanie Keen, Director, Wellcome Collection, and Tyrone Walker-Hebborn, Director, Genesis Cinema.
Previous winners include - Luke Fowler (2008), Lindsay Seers (2009), Emily Wardill (2010), Anya Kirschner & David Panos (2011), James Richards (2012), John Smith (2013), Ursula Mayer (2014) Seamus Harahan (2015) and Heather Phillipson (2016), Oreet Ashery (2017), Daria Martin (2018).