12/04/2022 - 28/05/2022
New Work - Sculpture
Walead Beshty - Addendum
Thomas Dane Gallery presents the London debut of Amie Siegel’s Bloodlines - an expansive new film installation that has recently premiered at the Scottish National Galleries.
Bloodlines explores ideas of class and labour, and the relationship between private and public realms. In her most ambitious work to date, Siegel follows the movement of paintings by English artist George Stubbs (1724-1806), from their homes in aristocratic country estates and public institutions across the UK, to a Stubbs exhibition in a public gallery, and their subsequent return.
As the film unfolds, Siegel draws out connections between her subjects and those of the paintings. People, property, animals and objects move between the real and the represented, creating a mirror of human, equine and artistic bloodlines, and highlighting both lineages of ownership and the constructs of image-making itself. Without voice-over or narration, Siegel’s intimate camerawork, her signature, carefully composed tracking shots and deft, associative editing reveal networks of meaning in subtle and poetic ways. Offering a window into the world of cultural heritage, Bloodlines exposes structures of ownership and inherited wealth which continue to shape British society today.
St James's 11 Duke St, SW1Y 6BN