For his major solo exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery, Darren Almond screens an intense and visceral three-screen video projection. His most autobiographical work to date uses the harsh reality of his father's history to define fleeting chronologies, durations and time.
Traction comprises three large-scale, simultaneous projections which dominate the cavernous space of Chisenhale Gallery. The work explores the way time and impermanence reveal themselves through the body. Traction centres around an interview between Darren Almond and his father, who discloses to his son the severe injuries acquired during the course of his job as a construction worker. As he reveals the scars remaining from these injuries, the passage of time unravels, mapped out on the surface of his body and defining a history for the family.
The scars of his life are given a voice through the distress of Almond's mother who is seen on a third screen listening to the interview in a separate room. The central screen which separates mother and father shows the raking, slow moving arm of a mechanical digger trawling through rubble, a metaphor for the father who concurrently unearths his past.
Darren Almond was born in 1971 in Wigan, UK. He graduated from Winchester School of Arts in 1993 with a bachelors degree in fine art, and he currently lives and works in London. He has participated in numerous important group exhibitions including ‘Sensation’ (1997-1999), Berlin Biennale (2001), Venice Biennale (2003), The Busan Biennale (2004) and The Turner Prize, Tate Britain (2005). Solo exhibitions include The Renaissance Society, Chicago (1999), Kunsthalle Zürich (2001), Tate Britain (2001) and K21, Düsseldorf (2005).
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