As part of our 2012 focus on film and video art at the FNB Joburg Fair, Arts Alive have generously supported the installation of Bridget Baker's film Only Half Taken at this years fair. Bridget Baker has realised the project in collaboration with curator Amy Watson.
Only Half Taken is a 16mm film installation comprising two sets of footage spliced and shared between projectors. Through the use of repetition and mechanically produced loops these two seemingly incongruous and fragmented sequences evidence the artist’s efforts to explore histories of failed utopias.
The first sequence, filmed by Baker's father in East London in 1959, comprises a brief architectonic exterior view of the newly built family home. While the family dog appears to beckon Baker's father to follow her in entering the house, he remains outside continuing to film the home and its proximity to the river. The second sequence is cut into the first and breaks the narrative into three parts. This unedited sequence, shot by Baker at a crematorium in East London in 2011, sees a repeated reveal from the camera as Baker exhaustively runs up a hill numerous times and careens into a cracked plaque from 1977 on the crematorium wall. The plaque memorialises the lives of the artist’s father and sister.
Baker's solo exhibitions include; The Remains of the Father, MAMBO, Bologna (forthcoming 2012), Wrecking at Private Siding 661, The Wapping Project, London, (2011), Recent works by Bridget Baker, CAB, Spain, (2009) and But we look so good in our uniforms, Diet Gallery, Miami, (2008). Her films have also been included on the 57th International Short Film Competition in Oberhausen, (2011) and Glasgow Short Film Festival (2011). She has shown work on numerous South African and international group exhibitions including; Dak’Art 2012, Senegal, za.Giovane arte dal Sud Africa, Palazzo de Papesse, Siena, (2008), Contemporary Art Photography from South Africa, Neue Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin and South African National Gallery, Cape Town, (2007), Liberated Voices: Contemporary Art from South Africa, Museum for African Art, New York, (1999).