Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Hermitos Children 2

12 October–14 December 2014

Taking place during the gallery’s twentieth anniversary year, Hermitos Children 2 formed part of an exhibition by Turner Prize-nominated Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, the artist’s first solo presentation to take place in a public gallery in London.

Hermitos Children is an ongoing project that takes the form of an experimental television crime drama. Each episode follows female detective Joan Shipman as she uncovers and solves sex crimes. The film combines staged cinematic sequences with footage of live performances. Rather than documenting events chronologically, Chetwynd coheres both scripted and live elements into a single overarching narrative. Filming for Hermitos Children 2 took place in London, Nottingham, Gothenburg, Gozo, Glasgow and Australia. Hermitos Children 2 was presented in the gallery within a large-scale installation, incorporating locations and props from filming.

Hermitos Children 2 follows a long-standing collaborative relationship between Studio Voltaire and Chetwynd, having worked together on multiple projects since 2005. This film is a sequel to Hermitos Children, the pilot episode (2008), which was first presented at Altermodern, the fourth Tate Triennial (2009) and subsequently acquired by The Tate Collection.

  1. Marvin Gaye Chetwynd (b. 1973, London) lives and works in Glasgow. Solo exhibitions include Nottingham Contemporary (2014), Nottingham; New Museum (2011), New York; Sadie Coles HQ (London, 2011 – restaged at Tate Britain in 2012); Consortium (2008), Dijon; Migros Museum (2007), Zurich; and Studio Voltaire (2005), London. The artist is represented by Sadie Coles HQ, London and Massimo De Carlo, Milan/London.

  2. Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Hermitos Children 2, 2014, 32:38 mins. A Studio Voltaire commission. Courtesy of the artist, Sadie Coles HQ, London and Massimo De Carlo, London/Milan.

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