(01/02/08) – The Serpentine Gallery in London will present between 23 February and 13 April an exhibition of work by Derek Jarman, the British filmmaker who died of Aids in 1994. Curated by the filmmaker Isaac Julien, it will highlight Jarman’s work in film and painting. Jarman was a key figure of the British independent cinema from the 1970s to the early 1990s.
The exhibition will mark the premiere of Julien’s new film about Jarman, Derek, the centre of which is a day-long interview Jarman recorded in 1990. The film includes a narration by Tilda Swinton and clips of Jarman’s films, juxtaposed with news and footage of the current affairs from the times that this life illuminated. It is a film of Jarman’s life as well as the story of England from the 1960s to the 1980s.