23 July – 20 August 2021
MattFlix presents Oona Grimes' Horsepolish (2021)
Horsepolish sees Grimes revisit Italian cinema, a recurrent material in the artist's filmmaking practice. She draws on her recollections of Vittorio De Sica’s Shoeshine (Sciuscia) (1946) in a film that unfolds like an outtake from a larger narrative.
Shot in East London's Ragged School Museum - the premises of the former Dr Barnardo's Copperfield Road Ragged School - Horsepolish returns to the marginalised and the overlooked. The work of scrubbing and polishing calls up ghosts, enacting past stories. Street children - whether of Barnardo or de Sica’s era - conjure dreams of empowerment and freedom from the daily reality of their Sisyphean tasks.
Film by Oona Grimes
Producer Tony Grisoni
Cinematographer Lily Grimes
Music and sound mix Jem Finer
Editor Lucy Harris
Colourist Jason R Moffat
Oona Grimes is represented by Danielle Arnaud, London.