Patrick Staff Weed Killer 2017 Film still courtesy the artist 2
Screenings

Film Screening: Patrick Staff Weed Killer

From 25 June to 2 July 2020 Spike Island is stream­ing artist Patrick Staff’s 2017 video work Weed Killer.

Inspired by artist-writer Catherine Lord’s memoir The Summer of Her Baldness (2004) – a moving and often irreverent account of the author’s experience of breast cancer. The video work was produced by Spike Island.

At the heart of Weed Killer is a monologue – adapted from Lord’s book – in which an actress reflects upon the chemically induced devastation of chemotherapy. This monologue is intertwined with comparatively otherworldly sequences, including choreographic gestures shot with high-definition thermal imaging. Staff’s video suggests a complex relationship to one’s own suffering and draws into focus the fine line between alternately poisonous and curative substances.

Performed by actress Debra Soshoux, artist Jamie Crewe and Patrick Staff.

PATRICK STAFF
Patrick Staff is an artist based in London, UK and Los Angeles, USA. Staff received their BA in Fine Art and Contemporary Critical Studies from Goldsmiths University of London in 2009. Staff’s work has been exhibited at the Serpentine Galleries, London; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles; New Museum, New York; Spike Island, Bristol; Chisenhale Gallery, London, amongst other venues. They completed the LUX Associate Artists Programme in 2011 and received the Paul Hamlyn Award for Visual Artists in 2015.

PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS
Weed Killer was commissioned by Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles. The video work was produced by Spike Island.
Patrick Staff Weed Killer 2017 Film still courtesy the artist 2
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