Screening and Talk: Max Göran
With Stuart Middleton
Wednesday 21st February 2024, 6.30pm
A screening of artist Max Göran's films filming dad’s ass while he’s chopping logs with his chainsaw, 2018 (23:06) and Nothing runs like a Deere, 2022 (17:09) spotlights the artist's Swedish trilogy which culminates with Dieseline Dreams, 2023, currently on view at Cell Project Space as part of the two-person exhibition brave and pathetic is better than drowning in shame alongside Josefin Arnell.
Following the screening, in a conversation with artist Stuart Middleton, Göran will discuss the themes that connect these works. The screening focuses on how experiences and their objects, such as having a lumberjack father, learning to truck drive, or growing up with the normative yet liberating teen car culture around EPA tractors in rural Sweden, play with the feelings of connection and unbelonging. Unstable dynamics arise from identifications linked to class, family and gender, as Göran explores idea of self-determination and its limits.
The conversation will open into a Q&A at the end of the event.
This event will take place in Cell Project Space's first floor gallery, for full details about access follow the link here.
If you would like to discuss your access needs please contact Jessie Krish: jessie [at] cellprojects [dot] org.
Max Göran is an artist and filmmaker who lives and works between Berlin and Sweden. He holds an MFA from Goldsmiths (2020-2022), and has studied with professor Josephine Pryde at the Berlin University of the Arts (2015-2019). His first solo exhibition was at Jenny’s Gallery in Los Angeles in 2019 and his work has also been shown at festivals and in group exhibitions at galleries and institutions such as Galerie Neu; CPH:DOX, Kasseler Dokfest; the 7th Edition of the Athens Biennale; New Contemporaries; Kunstverein München, European Media Art Festival. Together with artist Josefin Arnell he forms the duo HellFun.
Stuart Middleton (born 1987 Crewe, UK) is a visual artist working across a range of media. His work has been shown at Kunstlerhaus Graz, Tramway in Glasgow and ICA London.Forthcoming exhibitions include Carlos/Ishikawa, London and Chapter, New York, both 2024. He lives and works communally in West Wales.
Generously supported by the IFA, Mondriaan Fund, Goethe Institute London, Region Örebro Iän, Film I Västerbotten, Cockayne Foundation and the Netherlands Embassy in the United Kingdom.