Jennet Thomas: Unspeakable Freedom Device (Wysdom Fayre)


Jennet Thomas

Unspeakable Freedom Device (Wysdom Fayre), 2015

Image area 30 x 19.5" | Paper size 36 x 25.5" | Edition of 3

Digital print, aqueous pigment inks on lustre archival paper

Jennet Thomas makes films, performances and installations exploring the connections between everyday life, fantasy and ideology; experimenting with collective constructions of meaning. Using a collision of genres, her work can look like post-internet collage, fantasy TV drama, experimental film or performance art behaviour, and is frequently comic, uncanny and subversive. Thomas is interested in belief systems, ideas of truth, power and pleasure, and how cultural memories are re-made and distorted according to the needs of each era. The convergence of neoliberal ideology with new technology, and how that influences our construction of reality is an increasingly important theme. Thomas emerged from the anarchistic, experimental culture of London’s underground film and live art club scene in the 1990s, where she was a cofounder of the Exploding Cinema Collective. Her single screen work has screened extensively in film festivals internationally and recently at the Tate Britain. Recent exhibitions include All Suffering SOON TO END! (2010) and School of Change (2012) at Matt’s Gallery in London. Her first book of experimental fiction, The Unspeakable Freedom Device, was published by Bookworks in July of this year.