Invocation: Jo Ann Kaplan

Invocation: Jo Ann Kaplan is a site-specific exhibition taking place at Central Saint Martins’ Window Gallery.

Inspired by archive materials belonging to the Jo Ann Kaplan Archive and informed by wider research, the exhibition explores concepts of sexuality, identity and transience in relation to Kaplan’s practice. The methods of display and imagery produced aim to convey the sense of uneasiness running through her work and its dream-like quality. This stemmed from our own interactions with the archive and the atmospheric nature of her films.

The exhibition honours Kaplan’s life-long work as an artist and filmmaker, reflecting on the many layers and complexities that characterized her production.
To mark the exhibition opening and to reflect Kaplan’s interest in dance, an impulsive and spontaneous contemporary dance performance
Opposite will take place outside the Window Gallery on Friday 12 May from 6.15pm. Presented by Traceworks Dance in collaboration with final year degree students from London Contemporary Dance School the performance will be an interpretation of the exhibition and its subject matter.

Jo Ann Kaplan (1945-2016) was born in New York City. Moving to London in the 1970s to launch her career in independent filmmaking, she first sound edited on Sally Potter’s The Gold Diggers (1983) and Peter Greenaway’s A Zed & Two Noughts(1985). Her main body of work as an artist and filmmaker was produced from 1986 to 2016, where editing became a central part of her process. Significant films include Invocation Maya Deren (1987), Story of I(1997), An Anatomy of Melancholy (2000), OneTwoThree (2010) and Watching Paint Dry (2010). Kaplan taught MA animation and editing at the National Film and Television School from 2000 and MA Documentary at Goldsmiths from 2005, along with classes at the Royal College of Art and at the Universities of Kent, Middlesex and Westminster. 

The exhibition will run from 12 May to 23 May 2017.