BRIDGIT - Charlotte Prodger
"Growing up in the rural, agricultural environment of Aberdeenshire as a young person, I understand landscape and queerness as inherently linked. And, as someone who identifies as queer, I’m excited by the fluid borders of identity – especially the perceived edges of gender and geography."
- Charlotte Prodger, Scotland+Venice, announcement 31 May 2018
BRIDGIT (2016) offers a complex meditation on the relationship between place, time and identity. The work takes its title from one of the many names of a Neolithic deity, who was born in a doorway – a transitional space. Prodger filmed BRIDGIT over the course of a year, taking all the footage on her iPhone which she uses as part of day-to-day life, accumulating an ongoing archive of clips. The edited footage moves from the domestic interior of the artist’s home in Glasgow, via train and boat, to various locations in the Scottish Highlands. The images are overlaid with her personal reflections on subjects including a recent medical procedure, quotes from theorists and writers on the subject of technology and identity, and information about the Neolithic deity.
Charlotte Prodger was the winner of the 2018 Turner Prize and represented Scotland at the 2019 Venice Biennale.
BRIDGIT is presented at CAST in collaboration with the University of Exeter, as part of the Queer Ruralities strand of the Creative Peninsula project, with funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Images: film stills from BRIDGIT (2016), by Charlotte Prodger. Images courtesy of the artist, Kendall Koppe, Glasgow and Hollybush Gardens, London.