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Shona Illingworth: The Swimmer In The Forest


We hear the voice of a Soviet conscript recounting details of a terrifying exhaustion, which induces a dangerous state of hallucination, while on night patrol at the edge of a vast snow-covered pine forest.

Fragmented memory details surface: the heat of the searchlight on his back, the cold casing of his machine gun, shadows moving through the trees. As he struggles to form a clear image of that terrible night, other memories intrude and the distinction between the real and the imagined becomes increasingly unstable.

This new work uses sound, film and text to explore the dynamic interplay between imagination, emotion and memory. It examines how the fragmentary experience of memory can challenge our capacity to form coherent narratives for the past. What happens to a person when they are unable to construct a rational account for a persistent and deeply troubling memory? The film shows a swimmer struggling through dark water, intercut with sweeping images of a dark brooding forest.

Shona Illingworth creates evocative video and sound installations that explore the experience of memory and the formation of identity in situations of social tension and trauma. Shona has worked closely with scientists to explore the complex psychologies of individual and collective memory, particularly in circumstances where a sense of self (individual or collective) is under threat, to examine how this informs our sense of place and location. 

Ant Hampton

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Michael Pinchbeck

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Imogen Stidworthy

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