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Zabludowicz Collection Future Map Prize Winner Jason File in Conversation

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Published date 03 April 2014
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The Zabludowicz Collection Future Map Prize offers one outstanding UAL graduate, who is exhibiting at Future Map, a £3000 award and curatorial support to make a limited edition artwork. Join Maitreyi Maheshwari, Acting Director, Zabludowicz Collection in conversation with the winner of this year’s prize – Jason File – to discuss the artist’s practice and aspirations for the future.

Jason File graduated in 2013 with two first-class BA degrees in Fine Art: one from the Chelsea College of Arts, where he was joint winner of the Ovalhouse Prize, and the other from the Royal Academy of Art in The Netherlands, where he won the Academy Thesis Prize at graduation and was hired as a lecturer in Fine Art starting in September 2013.

Employing elements of real life as a material in his multimedia practice, File’s work reflects on the function of institutions and networks in society, and their relationships vis-à-vis individuals. This work remains broadly focused on official institutions, from galleries and museums to government, media, corporate, and legal structures, as well as informal relationships in society. By creating and exploiting overlaps between real life and art objects or performances, File interrogates the identity, authenticity, value and purpose of objects and events. He often uses his own relationships with institutions to employ materials or contexts that are shielded from aesthetic critique—“non-art” environments—as a means of exploring institutional processes.

Catch the last day of the Future Map show this Sunday 6th of April and their conversation will take place 3-4pm at Space Studios, 129-131 Mare Street, E8 3RH.