Directed by Joanna Hogg and starring Viviane Albertine and Liam Gillick
Joanna Hogg, one of the most exciting new directorial talents of recent years, was the subject of a recent retrospective at Lincoln Center. Exhibition is her third feature, and it stars noted British artist Liam Gillick and Viv Albertine, the legendary guitarist of The Slits. The film’s true star is the high modernist house designed by British architect James Melvin, to whom the film is dedicated.
Exhibition’sstory revolves around a middle-aged couple, H, a conceptual artist (Liam Gillick), and D, a performance artist (Viv Albertine). When D and H decide to sell the home they have loved and lived in for two decades, they begin a process of saying goodbye to their shared history under the same roof. The upheaval causes anxieties to surface; dreams, memories, and fears have all imprinted themselves on their home. As Peter Bradshaw writes in The Guardian:“There is something disturbing in the way these feelings and alienated emotions have been displaced outwards. The house could be their prison, or their refuge, or their private exhibition space for emotional pain… Exhibition is challenging, sensual, brilliant filmmaking.”
Director: Joanna Hogg
Screenwriter: Joanna Hogg
Cinematographer: Ed Rutherford
Editor: Helle le Fevre
Cast: Viviane Albertine, Liam Gillick, Tom Hiddleston