As part of Artes Mundi 6, Sanja Iveković is showing her film Lighthouse at Penarth Pier Pavillion. This work accompanies other seminal works which are currently on display at Ffotogallery in Turner House, Penarth and the National Museum Cardiff.
Every five seconds the monitor shows snippets of private and public video clips followed by five seconds of blackness, a tempo that suggest the flashing beam of the lighthouse (Lighthouse was originally shown on a television monitor set on top of a tall frame made of metal scaffolding which resembled the structure of a lighthouse) but also the way that memories surface in a mix of flashbacks, blackouts, and partially knowable truths. The film footage has been appropriated from the Yugoslavian national television station (reporting events of historical significance) and the artist’s home videos (showing scenes from the artists family life including images of her daughter from birth until puberty), part of a fourteen-year diary. Here, as in other works, Iveković s primary concerns are revealed: the intersection of history and the public realm with the personal and the way mass media operates as propaganda.
Lighthouse will be showing at Penarth Pier Pavilion cinema every Friday at 2.30pm and Saturdays at 1pm on an hour loop.