Gravesend
Film in collaboration with Steve McQueen
52nd Venice Biennial 2007
The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago 2007

35mm film transferred to high definition


A new film installation by British artist and Turner Prize winner Steve McQueen (b. 1969). McQueen’s films explore identity and perception, using unexpected framing, exposure, and editing techniques to alter the continuity of the narrative, examine constructed realities, and question the space between the viewer and the film. This project retraces in the present day the journey up the Congo River described in Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, examining the connections between global enterprise, imperial exploitation, and racism.

Sound design: Scanner
Producer: Pinky Ghundale

Courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery New York/Paris
Thomas Pane Ltd London