The driver’s words and memories of his politically-active student days form a dialogue that the artist weaves through a theatrical setting, drawing on costumes, props and performers to question political ideologies and to ask if we can truly be free. The film examines the notion of freedom: how it was, and is understood, and who, if anyone, can really access it.
Only a Free Individual Can Create a Free Society is commissioned by FLAMIN Productions through Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network; Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe; Eastside Projects, Birmingham and The Showroom, London in association with Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Edge Arts, Bath; Site Gallery, Sheffield; Tramway, Glasgow and Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp. Supported by Arts Council England, Hessian Film Fund, and Jerwood Charitable Foundation.
Grace Schwindt (b. 1979, Germany) is an artist based in London working with film, live performance and sculpture. She completed an MA in Fine Art from Slade School of Fine Art, London in 2008. Represented by Zeno X Gallery in Antwerp, her work is distributed by Argos Centre for Media and Art. Recent solo presentations include; Tramway, Glasgow; Site Gallery, Sheffield; Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Eastside Projects, Birmingham and The Showroom, London.
Download the exhibition guide here
Watch an interview between Grace and student Arts Ambassador Wiktoria Banda here
Opening times: Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm
Please Note: The Edge, including the galleries are closed on Bank Holidays
The film is 80 minutes long and is played on a loop. You can watch it from any point, but to see it from the beginning these are the approximate showing times: 10am-11:20am, 11:20am-12:40pm, 12.40pm-2pm, 2pm-3.20pm, 3.20pm-4.40pm, 4.40pm-close (5pm)
Join us for a very special World Premiere performance from artist Grace Schwindt, marking the final week of her exhibition.
Please note: Due to this special performance Gallery 1 will be closed from 2pm on Wed 25 May.
A panel discussion which will be moderated by student members of our Debating Society and involve academics from our Politics, Languages & International Studies Department. The panel will explore the historical context of the political landscape of Germany in the 60’s and 70’s and discuss what freedom means in modern society. We’ll pose the question ‘Do students and young people remain as politically engaged as they were in 1960-70s Germany?’
Photography Policy: please refrain from photographing or filming any work in the exhibition.
Image credit: Grace Schwindt, Only a Free Individual Can Create a Free Society, 2014. HD video, 80′. Courtesy the artist and Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp (BE).