The Freud Museum

Events Archive

18 July 2011
7pm - 8.30pm

Connecting Conversations

Artist David Blandy in Conversation with Psychoanalyst Valerie Sinason

Artist David Blandy meets with psychoanalyst  to screen his latest film Child of the Atom and discuss making the work, memory and family legends in relation to historical traumas.

Inspired by his grandfather's belief that the atomic bombing of Hiroshima saved his life when he was a POW held by the Japanese, Child of the Atom revolves around footage of Blandy and his daughter visiting Hiroshima for the first time together. Attempting to literally and symbolically come to terms with their personal connection to the bombing of the city, Blandy intersperses scenes of modern Hiroshima with flashback sequences of apocalyptic anime, featuring the film's eponymous character who must decide if he is hero or villain.

David Blandy lives and works in London. He uses video, performance and comics to address how identity is constructed, investigating our relationship to the mass media and cultural heritage. Blandy studied Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art (1995-98) and did his MA at the Slade School of Fine Art (2001-3). He has exhibited widely both in the UK and abroad and has had solo presentations at Baltic, Gateshead; Spike Island, Britol; Turner Contemporary, Margate and 176, London. Blandy won the Times/South Bank Show Breakthrough Award in 2010. He is represented by Seventeen Gallery, London and his films are distributed by LUX.

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