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Belmacz would like to announce the screening of-

Stuart Layton’s
The Act of the Spartan Boy, 2015

Will be on view at Belmacz from
15th April 2016

Digital video with 5.1 surround sound. Runtime 10mins.

‘The Act of the Spartan Boy’ is a moving image work combining both found and purpose-shot footage of numerous small towns that, collectively, constitute the “Black Country” – my childhood home, an area in the West Midlands given its name due to the soot and smoke produced by the numerous foundries of the Industrial Revolution. Growing up here during the 80’s one was witness to the death of British industry, and the subsequent transformation of the area and it’s people into a Welfare State, mass unemployment and social decline replacing the soot and “beating drums” of the forge drop hammers. Returning to this place after a long hiatus, I seek out the stories, anecdotes and folk tales of those that remember a much different time. The film aims to operate not as document but rather as a transient, fragmented vision, free and fleeting as the fallibility of memory itself. Lines between fact and fiction are blurred by way of broken narratives that are weaved within the fabric of the images, during which slippage occurs, and indeed is encouraged in the hope of leading to some undiscovered ‘other’. This sparked a renewed interest in my heritage that I had overlooked, perhaps actively attempted to escape for a number of years.

Stuart Layton was born 1972, Walsall, England. He graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from the University of Worcester in 2012 and a MA in Painting (Moving Image Pathway) from the Royal College of Art in 2015. Recent solo exhibitions include You Never Wash Up After Yourself & Other Observations, Three Gallery, BPN Architects Birmingham, (2014), You’ll Never Work in this Town Again, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, (2013).
Selected group exhibitions/ screenings include Lux Scotland Artist Moving Image Festival, Glasgow, Film Open, Spike Island, Bristol, Mono2, Courtyard Theatre, London, RCA show 2015, London, Small Worlds, New Art Gallery, Walsall, Film Open, Whitechapel Gallery, London, (2015). Now & After, International Video Art Festival, Moscow, (2014). New Art West Midlands, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery & Grand Union, (2013). Stuart lives and works in Worcestershire.

For more information please contact Rebekah Standing at Belmacz: rebekah@belmacz.com or call +44 (0)20 7629 7863

Belmacz Ltd ▪ 45 Davies Street ● London W1K 4LX
Tel: +44 (0)20 7629 7863 ▴ Fax: +44 (0)20 7318 1575
Email: gallery@belmacz.comhttp://www.belmacz.com

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