The Needle and the Larynx
The Bird Game
, 2014 | 8th May 2020 - 22nd May 2020
Your work has a great impact on me, coming from a dairy farm background The Udder was very powerful with its visceral yet subtle references to trauma, violence and bodily autonomy.
— Richard Forrest
Will I ever drink a glass of milk again, without thinking of pathogens and mastitis? I like the way this film-maker uses a modern farm and a farming family to relate a story that has challenged people over centuries. It’s informative and well-paced and leaves you thinking about it for ages after.
— Joseph Stevens
10 May 2020
...it’s one of those works of art that manages to make otherwise trite ideas feel urgent and twisted and new—like a not-quite-nightmare you can’t get out of your head for days.
— Julia Halperin, ArtNet News
Milton and mammaries make for unlikely bedfellows, but they are at the heart of The Udder, Marianna Simnett’s new Jerwood Prize-winning piece. Her fifteen-minute video manages to bring together ideas surrounding dairy farming, endocrinology and pathology, childhood, observation and control and, perhaps most intriguingly, seventeenth century notions of virtue. The contrasting layers are woven together into an exploration of purity and danger within the relations between the technological and the organic.
— Sam Solnick, Glasgow Review of Books,