Two Films is a double bill of moving imageworks by Dan Guthrie presented at VOLT in a custom screening environment. Madeagainst the backdrop of an ongoing conversation about representation inGuthrie’s hometown of Stroud, Coaley Peak (A Fragment) and black strangers lookat archival traces of Black presences in Gloucestershire by taking a familyphoto and an eighteenth century burial listing as respective starting points.
Accompanying the exhibition is a newly commissioned text written by Siavash Minoukadeh, Acting in Whispers, which reflects on the eerie undertones in Guthrie’s practice as both product of rurality and method for creating space in absence. Coaley Peak (A Fragment) was commissioned by Exeter Phoenix.
black strangers was commissioned by Independent Cinema Office and LUX for Right of Way, supported by the BFI Film Audience Network and Arts Council England.
Dan Guthrie is an artist who often works withthe moving image to explore representations and mis-representations of BlackBritishness with an interest in examining how they manifest themselves in ruralareas. Recent presentations of his work include Prismatic Ground, BerlinaleForum Expanded and the Independent Cinema Office and LUX’s Right of Wayscreening tour.