Exhibition (2013) by Joanna Hoggs
Starring musician Viv Albertine and minimalist artist Liam Gillick, this film explores the relationship of a creative couple living in a modernist house in London.
Their house is almost a character in itself - there are frequent shots of its rooms on their own. Like a third person in the relationship, it seems to watch over them - often the action is seen through the reflective gaze of its ubiquitous windows.
The house may also be seen as their surrogate child. Performance artist D (pictured above) is emotionally attached to it, she intimately caresses its sleek surfaces, and always wears striped shirts which echo it’s linearity. Her large window in her studio acts as her stage, where she performs nude or dressed up to an unknown audience.
Their luxurious house is in a rowdy district - frequent sirens and screams heard from outside give an uncomfortable edge to the serene setting. The viewer senses D’s fear and isolation as she tiptoes around, carefully locking her doors.
This brought to mind Anna Minton’s observations about gentrification in her book ‘Ground Control’. Minton observes how paradoxically, the residents of expensive homes in low-income areas feel more fearful the more security they have in place.