Make Me Safe
by Peter Spanjer, 2020, 7'

7’. Courtesy the artist

Schermo dell'Arte - Archivio Film  Presented at Lo schermo dell'arte 2020
The film is part of VISIO – European Programme on Artists’ Moving Images - 9th edition

Created during lockdown and in the midst of the reinvigoration of the Black Lives Matter movement, 
Make Me Safe captures the artist’s immediate reaction to these important historical events. The video questions and re-imagines the circulation of images of the black body. Using language and sound, the work communicates vulnerability and uncertainty, leaving out the presumption of physical strength usually associated with blackness. Ultimately the artist offers us softness and  sensibility as a form of resistance.
Peter Spanjer (1994, Nigeria-Germany/UK) is a Nigerian visual artist, born and raised in Germany and currently living and working in London. Using immersive and mixed media that combine film and sound, Peter’s work addresses the soft, vulnerable and complex nature of black life and the black body within the space it occupies. His work has been shown at White Cube, Saatchi Gallery and has been part of the Circa 20:20 programme where his film was shown at Piccadilly Lights. His forthcoming exhibition includes his debut solo show at the Kristin Hjellegjerde gallery in London. He graduated from the Royal College of Art in London in 2020, where he received his MA in Contemporary Art Practice: Moving Image.

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