Mare's Nest
Ben Rivers (GB)
Mare's Nest
Film -

A world without adults. Groups of kids live unfettered by the tyranny of adulthood. A girl and a boy crash a car. They wander the landscape, stop at a farm, help their friend. They return to their community living in a group of cliffside caves next to the sea on an island. They muck about, play games, swim, cook rabbit over a fire, and perform plays for one another. In a vast abandoned quarry a filmmaker shows a film about a young minotaur confused in a labyrinth. The girl leaves on a pilgrimage, going through an underworld populated by decrepit adults barely seen. She emerges into another land, climbs a mountain and meets a scholar and their translator. She asks the scholar about the Earth, the times, language, the future (this is a play by Don Delillo called The Word for Snow). Only partially satisfied by mysterious answers, the girl leaves to find her own way in the world. She hot wires a car and drives along a desert highway listening to her favourite song, shutting her eyes, singing along and laughing.

Azkuna Zentroa Alhóndiga Bilbao, Le Fresnoy - Studio national, Matt's Gallery, London, Garbiñe Ortega, Ellen Pearson, Pep Salvador. Images courtesy of the artist and Kate MacGarry Gallery, London.

Ben Rivers
Ben Rivers Royaume-Uni

Ben Rivers lives in London. Awards include the EYE Art Film Prize; Baloise Art Prize, Art Basel; Tiger Award IFF Rotterdam. Solo shows include « Phantoms », Triennale, Milan; « Urth », The Renaissance Society, Chicago; « Islands », Kunstverein of Hamburg; « Earth Needs More Magicians », Camden Arts Centre, London.

    Production : Le Fresnoy, Studio national des arts contemporains