press release

For his major solo exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery, Darren Almond screened an intense and visceral three-screen video projection. Almond's most autobiographical work to date used the harsh reality of his father's history to define fleeting chronologies, durations and time. Traction comprised three large-scale, simultaneous projections which dominated the cavernous space of Chisenhale Gallery. The work explored the way time and impermanence reveal themselves through the body. Traction centred around an interview between Darren Almond and his father, who discloses to his son the severe injuries aquired during the course of his job as a construction worker. As he unravels the scars remaining from these injuries, the passage of time is revealed, mapped out on the surface of his body and a history for the family is defined. The scars of his life are given voice through the distress of Almond's mother who is seen on a third screen listening to the interview in a separate room. The central screen which separates mother and father shows the raking, slow moving arm of a mechanical digger trawling through rubble, a metaphor for the father who concurrently unearths his past. Pressetext

Darren Almond - Traction