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Lester (Tenement Films)

Lester (Tenement Films)

16mm film, colour, sound, 2008. Duration 3 mins.


Courtesy of the Artist and the Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow

Luke Fowler was commissioned to produce four films for Channel 4's Shorts strand. They are a series of portraits of four individuals who shared a Victorian flat in Glasgow. Lester is the final and the most mellifluous, it features a warm, ornate score by Charles Curtis. We can only guess that Lester is an avid reader, the camera keeps panning back to the bookshelf of what looks like well read books, as if looking for answers, attempting to reclaim or re-situate one's place in the world.  The books on one's own shelves speak of what has fed and shaped us, of our intimate choices. The books one has read build a most powerful portrait.

Luke Fowler

Luke Fowler is an artist, filmmaker and musician based in Glasgow. His work explores the limits and conventions of biographical and documentary filmmaking, and has often been compared to the British Free Cinema of the 1950s. Working with archival footage, photography and sound, Fowler's filmic montages create portraits of intriguing, counter cultural figures, including Scottish psychiatrist R. D. Laing and English composer Cornelius Cardew.

He has had numerous solo exhibitions, including at Plymouth Arts Centre; Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; Serpentine Gallery, London. He was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2012. In 2008 he won the Film London Jarman Award.