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Sam Taylor-Wood

Sam Taylor-Wood

Sam Taylor-Wood was born in London in 1967
She lives and works in London

Sam Taylor-Wood makes photographs and films that examine, through highly charged scenarios, our shared social and psychological conditions. Taylor-Wood’s work explores the split between being and appearance, often placing her human subjects – either singly or in groups – in situations where the line between interior and external sense of self is in conflict.

Taylor-Woods’ languid and silent film portrait of David Beckham, for example, which was shot in a single take, offers a serene alternative to this most intensively photographed celebrity. In Prelude (2006) Taylor-Wood filmed a musician playing a piece of cello music by Bach, but the cello itself has been erased. Likewise, in Breach (Girl and Eunuch) (2001), a girl is portrayed sitting on the floor in the throes of grief, but the sound of her tears has been removed. In the celebrated film Still Life (2001), an impossibly beautiful bowl of fruit decays at an accelerated pace, creating a momento mori that is more visceral punch than symbolic association.

For the Ukrainian Pavilion, Sam Taylor Wood presents four videos including two new works. In her films, what appears to be a static image of people slowly reveals them to be a real, filmed take, timed to the length of a burning cigarette for instance. The works are entirely static apart from the involuntary blinking, twitching and barely-visible breathing of motionless actors, all arranged around a central figure as if in a group portrait painted by Rembrandt or Caravaggio.

Sam Taylor Wood   has had numerous group and solo exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale (1997) and The Turner Prize (1998). Her solo exhibitions include MCA Sydney (2006)  BALTIC, Gateshead (2006), State Russian Museum, St Petersburg (2004), MCA, Moscow (2004), Hayward Gallery, London (2002), Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (2000), Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC (1999), Kunsthalle Zurich (1997), Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek (1997). 

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Sergey Bratkov Dzine Alexander Hnilitsky & Lesja Zaiats Boris Mikhailov Juergen Teller Mark Titchner Sam Taylor Wood
 
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