James Richards wins Derek Jarman Award


James Richards has been selected from a shortlist of 10 artists by an acclaimed jury panel including Stuart Comer, Film Curator, Tate Modern (Chair); Mark Cousins, Film-maker, Author and Curator; Aaron Cezar, Director, Delfina Foundation; Elizabeth Price, artist; Iwona Blazwick, Director, Whitechapel Gallery; Mark Rappolt, Editor, ArtReview; and Tabitha Jackson, Commissioning Editor for Arts, Channel 4.
The Jury Panel said of Richards: “James Richards collages disparate moments from the endless stream of digital and online imagery, bringing focus and a strong personal resonance to these otherwise fleeting and anonymous images. His impeccable sense of pacing, colour, sound and mood defines a remarkable sense of place within an increasingly virtual and intangible world. Bringing a strong, sculptural awareness of space to his installations and an informed, intelligent approach to video and found footage, Richards has helped to define a remarkable, intimate digital aesthetic that the jury was pleased to recognise with the 2012 Jarman Award.”

The Jarman Award, which started in 2008, recognises artists working with moving images and is inspired by visionary avant-garde film-maker Derek Jarman, with funding from Arts Council England. Film London deliver the Award in partnership with Channel 4 and in association with the Whitechapel Gallery. James Richards follows in the footsteps of previous Film London Jarman Award winners Luke Fowler (2008), Lindsay Seers (2009), Emily Wardill (2010) and Anja Kirschner & David Panos (2011).

James Richards is an artist living and working in London. Recent solo shows have been held at CCA Kitakyushu (2012); Chisenhale Gallery, London and RODEO, Istanbul (both 2011). He has curated screenings for numerous venues including Light Industry, New York and the ICA, London. Recent collaborative projects include An Echo Button, with Ed Atkins and Haroon Mirza for Performa 11 (2011) and DISAMBIGUATION with Steve Reinke, Trinity Square Video, Toronto (2010). Richards has been selected for the DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm 2013. He was shortlisted for the Luma Foundation Luma Award 2011.

In 2013 james will be presenting projects at Artists Space, New York, The Stedelijk museum, Amsterdam, Spike Island, Bristol and the Rogaland Kunstsenter, Stavanger. as well as a solo show with us here at RODEO.

In the December issue of ArtReview James Richards will be in conversation with artist Ed Atkins.


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