The film explores Joan Miró’s life and working practice, beginning at his family’s farm in Montroig, Catalonia, a sanctuary for him throughout his life and the source of much of his artistic inspiration. Guided by Miró’s grandson and the curators from Tate Modern, the film visits his complex of studios and workshops overlooking the sea near Palma, Mallorca, where he moved after the Second World War and where he worked prolifically until his death at the age of 93. It includes rare material from films by Pere Portabella and Català Roca of Miró at work, and testimonials from friends who remember him as a remarkably generous and humble man.
Created for the Not Applicable Artists Festival in Berlin this summer by Martin Hampton (shot in and around his native Somerset, navigating the shores of the Bristol Channel and further afield), Flat Home received two screenings with different combinations of instrumentalists improvising to it on each night. The resulting soundtrack is a hybrid of the two:
Martin Hampton will be screening a film from a project he’s been working on for the past few months about memory loss, called Gentle Oblivion. In his words:
“It’s a portrait of my half sister Jacqueline, who since being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s 6 years ago, has lived more or less alone in the mountains of Provence. The stigma attached to the term Alzheimer’s Disease invokes fear and panic. As life expectancy continues to rise at a rate of 5 hours a day it becomes ever more probable that we will experience dementia ourselves. But if we treat this gradual slide out of reason as a natural phase of life, perhaps as the symmetrical counterpoint to infancy, might we become less afraid to plan for, and more willing to adapt to, the life changes it demands?"
Gentle Oblivion – a film by Martin Hampton – duration 35mins
Friday April 9th and Saturday April 10th @ 9pm
20 Stainer Street
London SE1 9RL