Gee has said of the work:
“I started the film as a portrait of a young girl who was about to enter into her final years of school. I’d noticed that a child’s face, moving up from one school at the age of eleven to another and mixing with the ‘big kids’, changed dramatically. I wanted to catch that face before the transition. I thought that would be it, but the film seems to have stated something else, the fears and joys of a child.”
This performance is part of a programme of events that accompany Gee Vaucher: Introspective, the first ever survey of the renowned British artist’s work to be mounted in the UK, which is being held at Firstsite until 19th February 2017. The exhibition brings together more than 200 works, many of which have never been shown in public before, and offers a complete overview of Vaucher’s fifty-year career, revealing the multifarious forces that have inspired and shaped her artistic practice.
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As this reviewer said:
Gee Vaucher’s film, ‘Angel’, is not so much a movie as a study of stillness wherein the standard exaggerated dramas and sound-bite trickeries of Hollywood are replaced with a profound introversion: a meditation. For some forty-five minutes we are asked to consider a young girl staring back at us, the camera. Sometimes she appears amused, sometimes accusatory, sometimes removed, sometimes present, but because we are given few clues as to her real condition, so those reflections are almost certainly expressions more of our psychologies than hers. In this sense she acts as an angel within, offering us an opportunity to consider our own deeper selves and, for once, to escape the more often than not cynical and manipulative contrivances of the entertainment industry. Via: The Horse Hospital