ELIZABETH PRICE. THE WOOLWORTHS CHOIR OF 1979
24 FEBRUARY– 27 OCTOBER 2019
OPENING 23 FEBRUARY AT 12:00
CURATED BY MANUEL SEGADE
Elizabeth Price (Bradford, 1966) describes her films as “something that looks like a PowerPoint lecture to something that looks like an infomercial to something that feels likes a cinematic melodrama”. Her films are dense, complex and seductive, with a treatment of historic documentation that has influenced various generations of filmmakers and video artists.
The Woolworths Choir of 1979 is a renowned three-part video that combines different bodies of archive material in an apparently dissonant composition: photos of British gothic church choirs, fragments of videos culled from internet showing backing vocalists for pop stars, and TV news footage of a fire in the furniture department at Woolworths in Manchester in 1979, in which 10 employees lost their lives. Collective trauma and mourning as one of society’s forms of sharing in common is one of the incisive themes defining the 2010s: therein the importance of underscoring its singular relevance.
Price won the prestigious Turner Prize in 2012—awarded by Tate Britain, London—for this work, which has never been seen before in Spain. With it, CA2M opens a series of exhibitions inviting an artist to exhibit one single important recent work that has not been seen previously in Spain.