14 April 2012 - 20 May 2012
This exhibition features major works by the acclaimed Amsterdam-London based documentary filmmaker and artist, Boris Gerrets, and includes his multi-award winning film People I Could Have Been and Maybe Am (2010) . Captured entirely on a mobile phone, the film evolves from two chance encounters on the streets of London. Starring Sandrine, an attractive Brazilian young woman on a mission to find a husband; Steve, a seasoned beggar struggling with drug addiction; and Precious, a poet who became Steve's girlfriend, the film gives an unusually close view into their lives. People I Could Have Been and Maybe Am was awarded the IDFA Best Mid-Length Doc Award (Amsterdam), VISIONS DU RÉEL Best Direction Mid-Length Doc (Nyon), HOTDOCS Honorable Mention (Toronto), TIME OUT Best City Film Award (London) and many others.
The exhibition will also present Zero, a short film of a ‘captured’ landscape, and Invisible, a film produced during the artist’s two journeys to Iraq in 1995. Both films state questions of the limitations and scope of different artistic approaches and aesthetics, whether it be documentary, journalistic or poetic. But shadowing these two films are questions of legitimacy; the question of speaking on behalf of the other and the cogent question of whether a political reality would override the independence of artistic thought and practice.