Jamie Crewe, Ashley, 2020 (still). Video, color, sound; 45 min. Courtesy the artist
As part of the exhibition “Screens Series: Jamie Crewe,” the New Museum will present the artist’s film Ashley (2020) in the New Museum Theater on select Sundays.
Ashley is a semi-autobiographical, rural horror film that describes complex and conflicting aspects of modern femininity and transgender experiences—and mines them for terror. Drawing on the conventions of the rural horror genre from British television series such as the BBC’s West Country Tales (1982–83) or the impressionistic Scottish landscape films of Margaret Tait, Ashley follows a single character—played onscreen by the artist—who is alone on the Western Scottish Coast. As in many examples of British or Irish “folk horror” genre films—which tell stories of women isolated in the countryside in distressing, often gendered situations—Ashley depicts an incident in which the experience of transfemininity becomes the particular vulnerability, stress, or fear. Although Ashley has traveled to an isolated, beachside cottage to seek respite, their body, mind, and environment, which are in a state of disjunction and discontinuity, sustain something much more sinister.
Screenings will take place every 45 minutes, beginning at 12 p.m. The last screening is at 4:15 p.m. Access to the New Museum Theater is included with general admission.
July 2, 16, 30
August 13, 27
September 10, 17
Jamie Crewe (b. 1987, Manchester, UK) lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland. Crewe has had solo exhibitions at LUX Moving Image, London (2020); Humber Street Gallery, Hull, UK (2020); Grand Union, Birmingham (2020); Pastoral Drama at Tramway, Glasgow (2018); Gasworks, London (2017); and Transmission, Glasgow (2016). Crewe’s work was included in British Art Show 9, Aberdeen, Wolverhampton, Manchester, and Plymouth, UK (2021–22); the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2019); and the KW Production Series at Julia Stoschek Collection, Berlin (2018). Crewe is the recipient of the EMAF Award for Groundbreaking Work in Media Art at the 35th European Media Arts Festival in Osnabrück, Germany, the Margaret Tait Award in 2019, a Turner Bursary in 2020, and was shortlisted for the Jarman Award in 2022.
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