The film ‘shot crowd’ was produced as a small maquette in 2007 and remade in 2017.
Here, Joy sets the historical specificity of her protest images against an abstract depiction of space and human movement. The title refers both to the photographic image being ’shot’, as a verb, and to the material used in the film: actual shot collected from shotgun casings. The perpetual flow of individual objects, apparently random and chaotic, is constrained and directed within a built environment. The crowd and the city are abstracted; they are ‘every crowd’, always in motion, always seeking to fill the space – and then by necessity to empty it.
Running time: 4 minutes, 48 seconds
Joy Gerrard lives and works in Belfast. She graduated with a BA from NCAD, Dublin and an MA and MPhil from the Royal College of Art, London. She is known for work that investigates different systems of relations between crowds, architecture and the built environment. Using Japanese ink on paper and canvas Gerrard makes detailed ink works which re-create recent political protests from around the world. Recently she has focused on UK-based Brexit demonstrations and the Trump resistance in the USA.
Joy’s exhibition 'Image as Protest' with Paula Rego is on show at Cristea Roberts Gallery, London until March 4.
Photo by Conor Horgan.