Maureen Paley is pleased to announce the first of two screenings at the gallery featuring films by Daria Martin and Erik van Lieshout that will be shown in London for the first time. The second screening will present the work of Morgan Fisher from 4 – 7 April following the solo show at the gallery by Michael Krebber from 16 February – 31 March. The films will be on show during gallery opening hours.

Erik van Lieshout - Janus, HD video, 51 minutes, 2012

Through a series of monologues filmed in the artist’s studio that are set against an investigation into the life a deceased man called Janus, van Lieshout questions his role as an artist and addresses the reduction of arts grants in his film Janus. Van Lieshout (born 1968) had bought the contents of Janus’ house after his death and interviews family and friends living in the surrounding working-class area of Rotterdam-Zuid. The footage of Janus’ environment is also interlaced with fragments of an interview between van Lieshout and actor Marien Jongewaard where he focuses on his own self-image as an artist against a backdrop of economic crisis.

Previous solo exhibitions include Commission, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, 2012; Erik makes Happy, BAWAG Contemporary, Vienna, 2011; How Can I Help You, Hayward Gallery Project Space, London, 2011; Im Netz, Ludwig Museum, Cologne, 2009; Homeland Security, Projekt am Museumsplatz, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, 2007 and Guantánamo Baywatch, Hammer Projects, Hammer Museum, UCLA, Los Angeles, 2007. Recent group exhibitions include Manifesta 9, The European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Genk, Limburg, 2012 and Melanchtopia, Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, 2011.

Van Lieshout is the recipient of a Tiger Award for Short Films 2013 for Janus at the 42nd International Film Festival Rotterdam.