Texas Christian University is collaborating with guest artist Jordan Baseman in the exhibition gendersick, a collection of films opening Oct. 10 and running through Nov. 17 at Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, 2900 W. Berry St.
London-based Baseman creates visual work best described as a synthesis of reportage, portraiture, documentary, creative non-fiction and narrative practices, a news release about the exhibition said. The gendersick exhibition addresses challenging topics through specific lived experiences with results that are deeply moving and unforgettable.
Alongside a selection of new abstract film works, Baseman will present two new narrative film works at Fort Worth Contemporary Arts including a U.S. premiere and a new video created for the Art Galleries at TCU.
– gendersick, 2018, video (10 minutes). This new film installation is commissioned by Art Galleries at TCU and made in collaboration with a current TCU graduate student. Using interview audio and 16 mm film shot throughout Fort Worth and Dallas, Baseman presents a personal account that provides a brief glimpse into the life of one asexual/agender person
The film is both effective and provocative, as the personal narrative of the student’s experiences reveals daily challenges and encourages empathy and understanding, the news release said.
– La La La La, 2017, video. Funded by the Wellcome Trust, UK, and made in in collaboration with Julian Hughes, professor of Old Age Psychiatry at the University of Bath, this film centers on citizenship and authenticity for people with dementia living in care homes. This new work will make its U.S. premiere during the exhibition.
“Personal narratives are important culturally and politically, they are what we use to define and identify ourselves and others,” Baseman said in the release.
In the U.S., his work has often been presented within the context of film festivals, screened in a traditional theatre, and sometimes as a one-off performance. At TCU, Baseman wishes to create an exhibition that is generous and accessible to reach different and diverse audiences within the university and the Fort Worth community.
The project aligns with the university’s goal to strengthen student experience and campus culture by providing an accessible opportunity for provocative conversations, engagement with new art work, and networking with a key international artist and teacher, the release said.
Themes in the exhibition will correspond with the educational efforts of the TCU Women and Gender Studies Program, TCU Neuroscience Program and the TCU School of Art. Funding for this program was provided, in part, by the TCU College of Fine Arts Programming & Diversity Initiative.
gendersick will be unveiled at an opening reception, which is free and open to the public, from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Fort Worth Contemporary Arts. Baseman will be available to discuss his artistic methods and answer questions regarding his work.
Originally from Philadelphia, Jordan Baseman (born 1960) lives and works in London where he is currently the Head of Moving Image at the Royal College of Art. Baseman received a BFA from Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, and an MA from Goldsmith’s College, University of London.
For more information on the exhibition, please visit the TCU College of Fine Arts.
Fort Worth Contemporary Arts is a satellite exhibition space located a few blocks from the School of Art, on the edge of the TCU campus. The 2,000-square-foot gallery is TCU’s public-facing art venue.
Exhibition: Oct. 10 – Nov. 17, 2018
Venue: Fort Worth Contemporary Arts
2900 W. Berry St., Fort Worth
Opening Reception: Oct. 10 | 6-8 p.m. | free event
TCU College of Fine Arts: finearts.tcu.edu/event/jordan-baseman
– FWBP Staff