Location: IMPAKT main programme online
In a time of climate crisis, Rory Pilgrim’s beautiful film The Undercurrent, winner of the Prix de Rome 2019, reflects on the importance of relationships, self-care, identity, home and kinship. It shows how the intimate and personal play a significant role in dealing with a daunting future.
In addition to the screening, don’t miss the interview with Rory Pilgrim on IMPAKT TV, Friday 30 October from 13:30 h!
United Kingdom – 2019
Video – duration 52 min
The Undercurrent asks how to deal with such an overwhelmingly global issue on a deeply intimate and personal scale. The film takes us into the world of a group of youth activists from Boise, Idaho. Initially, climate change appears to be the most important theme, but gradually it becomes clear that the young people have other problems too. Some are fighting against gender inequality, others against their parents’ lack of understanding, and still others have become homeless. In this way, the film is hinting at a subtle connection between the earth that needs attention and protection, and the young people who need a home for intimacy, security and their future.
Rory Pilgrim― Artist
Rory Pilgrim (Bristol, 1988) works in a wide range of media including songwriting, composing music, film, music video, text, drawing and live performances. Centred on emancipatory concerns, Pilgrim aims to challenge the nature of how we come together, speak, listen and strive for social change through sharing and voicing personal experience. Strongly influenced by the origins of activist, feminist and socially engaged art, Pilgrim works with others through a different methods of dialogue, collaboration and workshops. In an age of increasing technological interaction, Rory's work creates connections between activism, spirituality, music and how we form community locally and globally from both beyond and behind our screens. Solo Shows include: Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (2020), Between Bridges, Berlin (2019) Andriesse-Eyck Gallery, Amsterdam NL (2018), South London Gallery (2018), Plymouth Art Centre, Plymouth (2017), Flat Time House, London (2016), Site Gallery, Sheffield (2016) and sic! Raum für Kunst, Luzern CH (2014). In 2019, Pilgrim was the winner of the Prix de Rome.