Les Brown's Last Day (still), DVD video, 3 mins, 2006

Margot Hill

Les Brown's Last Day (still), DVD video, 3 mins, 2006

2007 / Artists

Margot Hill

b. 1956 Altrincham, Cheshire

2004-06 MA Photography, Royal College of Art, London
2000-03 BA [hons] Fine Art Drawing, Camberwell College of Arts, University of London

Screenings:
2006 Peabody Trust Annual Residents' Conference, London

Selectors' Comments:
Margot Hill's Les Brown's Last Day incites instant memory of a more immediate, equally scary, more pedestrian past. In the US, the impact of 'down-sizing' has been conveniently masked by apparent boom or sensational bust; Hill's Les Brown trades the pranks of The Office for an excruciating retirement party. Her 'home-movie' office send-off gets Les's metamorphosis from panic to paralysis poignantly, palpably and painfully perfect.

Artist's Statement:
What do we give over to our employers during working hours, and what does free time mean? Is it all a performance where we try to fit someone else's model of the employee for eight hours of the day, and then try and re-invent ourselves in our spare time?