Anja Kirschner & David Panos
The Last Days of Jack Sheppard
8 May 2009 – 25 June 2009
Opening: Friday 8 May

Anja Kirschner & David Panos awarded the Jarman Award 2011

Chisenhale Gallery premieres a new film and installation by Anja Kirschner and David Panos co-commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery and Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA), Glasgow. The Last Days of Jack Sheppard is a film based on the inferred prison encounters between the 18th century criminal Jack Sheppard and Daniel Defoe, the ghostwriter of Sheppard’s ‘autobiography’, set in the wake of the South Sea Bubble of 1720 – Britain’s first recorded financial crisis.

A critical costume drama constructed from a patchwork of historical, literary, and popular sources, the film’s fragmented narrative structure explores the connections between representation, speculation and the discourses of high and low culture that emerged in the early 18th century and remain relevant to the present day. Filmed in the Chisenhale Gallery space, The Last Days of Jack Sheppard is presented within an installation fabricated from elements of the original set palying on the notion of the ‘historical construct’.

A publication incorporating Kirschner & Panos’s script and research material co-published by Chisenhale Gallery & CCA, Glasgow accompanies the exhibition. Kirschner and Panos are also producing a limited edition print which will be on sale from the gallery. Please visit our shop area for more information.

This will be Kirschner and Panos’s first major solo show in the UK and is the first commission in the new exhibition and event programme by Chisenhale Gallery’s recently appointed director Polly Staple. The exhibition will be presented at CCA, Glasgow between 8th August and 26th September 2009.

Anja Kirschner (b.1977, Munich) and David Panos (b.1971, Athens) live and work in London. Their recent film, Trail of the Spider (53mins, UK, 2008), a ‘western’ filmed in Hackney and Essex, premiered at Tate Modern followed by a week-long show as part of ‘Nought to Sixty’ at the ICA and a LUX screening at Chat’s Palace in Hackney. Polly II – Plan for a Revolution in Docklands (30mins, UK, 2006), a dystopian pirate adventure, has been screened widely both in the UK and abroad. Venues included Tate Modern, BFI Southbank, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, NAi, Netherlands and the Oberhausen Film Festival, Germany.

The Last Days of Jack Sheppard is approximately 55 minutes long and will be screened on the hour every hour.

Click here for the publication The Last Days of Jack Sheppard produced to accompany this exhibition.

A limited edition print by Anja Kirschner & David Panos has been produced to accompany the exhibition. For more details please visit our online shop, here.

Anja Kirschner and David Panos discuss the exhibition with Mike Sperlinger

Saturday 23 May, 2pm

Anja Kirschner and David Panos discuss the exhibition with Mike Sperlinger, Assistant Director, LUX.
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Benedict Seymour: representation, value, finance capital and primitive accumulation

Thursday 4 June, 7pm

Benedict Seymour, Lecturer in Fine Art at Goldsmiths University discusses representation, value, finance capital and primitive accumulation as refracted in The Last Days of Jack Sheppard.
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Anja Kirschner and David Panos

£9.95
Anja Kirschner and David Panos
The Last Days of Jack Sheppard
Published by Chisenhale Gallery, London and Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow
Preface by Polly Staple, introduction by Francis McKee

ISBN 978-1-901066-11-1
140 pages
60 b&w illustrations

A catalogue produced to accompany Anja Kirschner and David Panos’ solo exhibitions at Chisenhale Gallery, London and Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow, marking the co-commission of the artists’ new film and installation The Last Days of Jack Sheppard.

Includes original film script, presented with footnotes and commentary, reproductions of related prints and engravings from the British Museum and the collection of Peter Ross.

The Last Days of Jack Sheppard is a film based on the inferred prio encounters between the 18th century criminal Jack Sheppard and Daniel Defoe, the ghost-writer of Sheppard’s ‘autobiography’ set in the wake of the South Sea Bubble of 1790 – Britain’s first recorded financial crisis. A critical costume drama constructed from a patchwork of historical, literary, and popular sources, the film’s fragmented narrative structure explores the connections between representation, speculation and the discourses of high and low culture which emerged in the early 18th century and remain relevant to the present day.

For more information about the exhibition please click here

  • Exhibition
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    media@chisenhale.org.uk or
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Anja Kirschner & David Panos
Thursday 1 January

Anja Kirschner & David Panos, 2009, The Last Days of Jack Sheppard.

Marina Vishmidt leads a tour of the exhibition.

Sunday 10 May, 2pm

Writer Marina Vishmidt leads a tour of the exhibition.
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Anja Kirschner and David Panos

Spot colour litho print
43 x 33 cm
Edition of 100 + 20 AP, signed and numbered

Standard price: £65 (unframed)
Chisenhale Friends' price: £58 (unframed)*

*Please note that Chisenhale Friends price is only available to those who have supported the gallery via the Benefactors scheme. For more information on the scheme please click here.

Please note that, as is the norm for limited edition works, prices will increase as an edition sells out.

Anja Kirschner and David Panos collaborate on narrative film installations that combine historical material and contemporary issues. Produced to accompany The Last Days of Jack Sheppard – their new film commission at Chisenhale Gallery based on the inferred prison encounters between 18th century criminal Jack Sheppard and Daniel Defoe, the ghostwriter of Sheppard’s ‘autobiography’ – their limited edition print brings together various elements of the film to create a dreamlike portrait of the film’s protagonists.

Anja Kirschner (born 1977, Munich) and David Panos (born 1971, Athens) both live and work in London. Recent solo presentations include:  Ultimate Substance, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.), Berlin (2013); Lights, Tears and Real Abstractions: A survey of work by Anja Kirschner and David Panos, Artists Space, New York; Living truthfully under imaginary circumstances, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow; The Empty Plan, Kunsthall Oslo, Oslo (all in 2012); The Last Days of Jack Sheppard, Chisenhale Gallery, London (2009). Group exhibitions include HELL AS, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2013) and British Art Show 7, Hayward Gallery, London - touring to Glasgow and Plymouth; Hydrachy, Gasworks, London (2011). Kirschner and Panos received the Jarman Award in 2011.

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  • Exhibition
  • Chisenhale Gallery Friends and Patrons receive 10% discount on limited edition prints and publications priced up to the value of £3,500 For information about how to join the Friends and Patrons Programme please click here.

  • Chisenhale Gallery
    64 Chisenhale Road
    London E3 5QZ

    T: +44 (0)20 8981 4518 mail@chisenhale.org.uk

    For media enquiries please contact:
    media@chisenhale.org.uk or
    Ellen Greig on +44 (0)20 3328 1964 or ellen.greig@chisenhale.org.uk