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Charlotte Colbert “Sometimes it feels reality is such a fragile construct maybe it’s nice to feel one is not alone in that feeling?”

Charlotte Colbert attends a private view of the new large-scale video sculpture “Benefit Supervisor Sleeping” by Charlotte Colbert at UNIT9 on January 23rd, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

Films, art and babies (F.A.B.) the creative powerhouse that is Charlotte Colbert managed to create some time for a quick chat with FAD.

Hi, Charlotte can you tell us about your film She Will?
It’s a psychological thriller with Alice Krige, Kota Eberhart, Malcolm McDowell and Rupert Everett with a score by Clint Mansell. It’s about trauma, dreams, revenge, the unconscious, the way we carry within us the muscle memory of all those who came before and all those who will come after.    

How long has it taken to get the project together and how did you get so many great actors to take part?
It’s amazing how a story develops a life of its own and attracts its own specific players. She Will seems to have drawn artistic wandering souls, ones connected with dreams and interested in what hovers just at the edge of the real. 

Would you like to enact revenge within your dreams? 
I have two small kids so first and foremost would love to sleep! 

The film sounds quite scary and to be honest I’m kinda scared enough with reality at the moment – why should I watch the film? 
Sometimes it feels reality is such a fragile construct maybe it’s nice to feel one is not alone in that feeling?

At the same time as the film you are in a new exhibition on a new platform, could you tell us about the work you are showing and its platform? 
Entitled Benefit Supervisor sleeping, it’s a revisited portrait of Sue Tilley, made famous by Lucian Freud’s portraits of the same name. On the platform is a 3d render of the sculpture as the show is online but in the flesh so to speak it is a 170kg metal and video piece. Rusty, dystopian screens, become windows into our fractured selves and fractured worlds and reveal intimate and slow details of Sue Tilley. The ultimate muse, sleeping subject, who through the moving image nature of the piece, here opens her eyes, becoming the viewer, turning the tables and subverting our voyeuristic gaze.

Install shot Her Dark Materials featuring Charlotte Colbert’s Benefit Supervisor sleeping

What have you been reading, watching and listening to during lockdown?
A pretty schizophrenic playlist, from Kendrick Lamar to Maria Callas, Shania Twain, Jeanne Moreau, Amanda Lear, music from the Balkans, Apache Indian…  watching old Japanese films and animations.

Are you going to take a break now? 
A coffee break.

You can see Charlotte Colbert’s ‘Benefit Supervisor sleeping’ in the exhibition Her Dark Materials – 22nd September 2021 Curated by Philippa Adams WWAM Arts at eyeofthehuntress.com also featuring: Alexi Williams Wynn, Alice Anderson, Carolina Mazzolari, Celeste Rapone, Charlotte Colbert, Emma Talbot, Florence Hutchings, Francisca Sosa Lopez, Galina Munroe, Helen Epega (The Venus Bushfires), Jo Kitchen, Jodie Carey, Kirstine Roepstorff, Kate Daudy, Misha Milovanovich, Nancy Cadogan, Nika Neelova, Noemie Goudal, Paulina Michnowska, Pola Wickham, Rannva Kunoy, Sahara Longe, Seana Gavin, Sophie Vallance, Tiffanie Delune, Trudy Benson and Vinca Petersen.

She Will will be on general release in the Autumn of 2021 more details here

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