The Jarman Award has revealed its shortlist for 2021


The shortlist of artists for the 2021 edition of the £10,000 Film London Jarman Award has been announced. They are: Adham FaramawyGeorgina StarrGuy OliverJasmina CibicLarry Achiampong and Sophia Al-Maria. 

Composite of Jarman Award 2021 shortlisted artists: (top left to bottom right) Sophia Al-Maria, Larry Achiampong, Jasmina Cibic, Georgina Starr, Guy Oliver, Adham Faramawy

The award, founded by FLAMIN and presented in association with London’s Whitechapel Gallery, is inspired by cult filmmaker Derek Jarman and supports UK-based artists working with moving image. This year’s nominees were selected by a jury comprising: Iwona Blazwick OBE, director, Whitechapel Gallery; Amal Khalaf, director of programmes at Cubitt, London and projects curator at the Serpentine Galleries; Shaminder Nahal, commissioning editor, Arts and Topical, Channel 4; artist and 2020 Jarman Award Winner, Larissa Sansour; and Tyrone Walker-Hebborn, director, Genesis Cinema.

‘This year’s shortlisted artists montage found footage, or script and choreograph little known yet dazzling performers to take us on a journey that bridges the political with the poetic. Viewers are in for a compelling ride,’ Blazwick said in a statement. In the run up to the winner announcement on 23 November, a series of online screenings of the shortlisted works will take place across various platforms (yet to be announced), culminating with a special weekend of screenings, discussions and performances at the Whitechapel Gallery on 13–14 November 2021.

Adham Faramawy

Adham Faramawy works across a wide variety of media from computer programmes, moving image and apps to print. Their performance for camera videos are often installed as part of sculptural assemblages. The works consider how social issues become entangled with environmental issues. Using movement, poetry, spoken word, and dance they tell stories about consumption, identity construction, the body and the nature of desire. Adham has had a solo exhibition at Bluecoat Liverpool and has screened at both Tate Britain and Tate Modern.

Adham Faramawy, The air is subtle, various and sweet (2020), video still. Courtesy of the artist

Georgina Starr

Georgina Starr makes videos, sound and large-scale installation works with a focus on female identity, the otherworldly, and her longstanding interests in the visionary aspects of experimental cinema. Her projects are initiated by extensive periods of research that always involve some form of writing—scripts, fictions, lectures, scores and poetry. Recent solo presentations include Leeds Art Gallery and Glasgow International.

Georgina Starr, Quarantaine (2020), film still. Courtesy of the Artist, Film Video Umbrella, Glasgow International, The Hunterian, Leeds Art Gallery & Art Fund. Image credit: Amy Gwatkin

Guy Oliver

Guy Oliver’s moving image work is rooted within a framework of self-portraiture, and explores notions of masculinity, identity, comedy and tragedy, taking a highly personal but irreverent working approach. The work integrates and then dissects areas of popular culture: cinema, sport, politics, popular music, stand-up comedy and art history act as the recurring subject matter. Recent presentations include Jerwood/FVU Awards 2020, London and Art Night.

Guy Oliver, You Know Nothing of my Work (2020), installation view at Jerwood Space, London. Courtesy of the artist, Film and Video Umbrella and Jerwood Arts

Jasmina Cibic

With a practice spanning performance, installation and film, Jasmina Cibic considers how ideologies and cultures are constructed and then framed through mechanisms such as art and architecture. Her work explores the construction of national culture and how it can be used for political aims, and looks at forms of soft power. Jasmina represented Slovenia at the 55th Venice Biennial and has had solo exhibitions at BALTIC, Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead.

Jasmina Cibic, The Gift (2021), film still. Courtesy of the artist

Larry Achiampong

Larry Achiampong‘s solo and collaborative projects employ aural and visual archives, live performance and sound to explore ideas surrounding class, cross-cultural and post-digital identity. Achiampong’s work examines his communal and personal heritage. Achiampong has exhibited, performed and presented projects at Tate Modern; Venice Biennale; Somerset House and Liverpool Biennial.

Larry Achiampong, Beyond the Substrata (2020), installation view at Copperfield London’s booth at Frieze Focus 2020 curated by Norman Rosenthal. Courtesy of the artist and Copperfield London

Sophia Al-Maria

Sophia Al-Maria’s cinematic videos explore, postcolonial identity, imperialism, and counter-histories weaving together music, literature, oral history, film and dance. Her fractured, nonlinear works is often cast against a science fiction backdrop and explores the revision of history, the isolation of individuals through technology, and the corrosive elements of consumerism and industry. Solo exhibitions include Garage, Moscow; Whitechapel Gallery and Whitney Museum New York.

Sophia Al-Maria and Sin Wai Kin (fka Victoria Sin), Astral Bodies Electric, Makeup! (2019), installation view at Transformer: A Rebirth of Wonder, 180 The Strand, London. Courtesy of the artists and Project Native Informant, London. Image credit: The Store X The Vinyl Factory and Jack Hems

The Jarman Award 2021 jury

  • Iwona Blazwick OBE, Director, Whitechapel Gallery
  • Amal Khalaf, Director of Programmes at Cubitt, London and Projects Curator at the Serpentine Galleries
  • Shaminder Nahal, Commissioning Editor (Arts and Topical), Channel 4
  • Larissa Sansour, Artist, winner of Jarman Award 2020
  • Tyrone Walker-Hebborn, Director, Genesis Cinema

About the Jarman Award

The Film London Jarman Award is a prestigious annual prize which recognises and supports the most innovative UK-based artists working with moving image, and celebrates the spirit of experimentation, imagination and innovation in the work of emerging artist filmmakers. Launched in 2008 and inspired by visionary filmmaker Derek Jarman, the Jarman Award is unique within the industry in offering both financial assistance and the rare opportunity to produce a new moving image work.

Now in its fourteenth year, the Award has built an enviable reputation for spotting rising stars of the UK art world. Previously shortlisted artists include Lawrence Abu HamdanOreet AsheryDuncan CampbellMonster ChetwyndLuke FowlerImran PerrettaCharlotte ProdgerLaure ProuvostElizabeth Price, James Richards, and Project Art Works all of whom went on to be shortlisted for or to win the Turner Prize.

The Film London Jarman Award is presented by Film London with support from Arts Council England and Whitechapel Gallery.


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