Hail the new Etruscan #2 marks a new direction in Oona Grimes’ practice as she presents, for the first time, a series of film works. 

In 2018 Grimes spent 8 months on a fellowship at The British School at Rome. As she worked, her thoughts kept returning to Italian Cinema – from the Neorealists to late Fellini. She took walks in the early morning to enjoy the city before the crowds; gradually the walks and the films got woven together in Grimes’ thoughts, dreams and work. Grimes began to make video recordings, not acting she says, but ‘drawing the moment.’ 

She began to focus on particular sequences with specific relevance to time and place. Singular actions are repeated in order to be inhabited and comprehended. The resulting works are playful, humorous and touching. Grimes makes visible the language of film – both the learning and los- ing of it – revelling in the omissions, the discontinuity, the patches and the bad repairs. 

The black and white films intersperse ‘iPhone rushes’ with snippets of 16mm footage. ‘Mozzarella in carrozza’ references Vittorio De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves (1948), focussing on the excruciating scene in a restaurant that Antonio and his son, Bruno, can’t afford – a scene of misplaced pride, disillusion and the vivid class divide between them and the diners. 

Six films, shown on iPads, will be included in the exhibition, ranging from 3 to 10 minutes in length. 

Matt’s Gallery, 92, Webster Road, Bermondsey, SE16 4DF from January 19th – January 27th 2019. Times: Daily 12–6pm. Admission: Free. Phone: 0207 237 0398

www.mattsgallery.org