A new exhibition by artist Laura Eldret opens in TheGallery at The Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) on Friday 14th September – 12th October 2012. Power Plays, which presents two new film works, Muster and Fought by Eldret, explore issues of artistic authorship, personal empowerment, choice, obligation and how powers constantly shift. The exhibition courts the seductive power of the spectacle, exploring how individuals create, record and retell their individual and collective identities.

Fought (2011-12) is a three-part project: a live event in which a boxing match was re-enacted; a documentary film of the re-enactment; and a play based on the documentary film. The restaging of the boxing match was held at a venue in central London and witnessed by a crowd of artists, curators and others, many of whom had never seen a boxing match before. ‘Power Plays’ will feature the documentary film, which was made in collaboration with BWB boxing and filmmaker Renee Vaughan Sutherland.

Muster (2011) was filmed in Swanage, Dorset and features a cast of colourful local characters. The film is a theatrical staging of alternative identities set against a backdrop of the sea and framed by two classical columns.

A partner piece to Muster is a text by writer Sally O’Reilly, creating another narrative layer to the piece. Taking the cast list from Muster as a starting point, O’Reilly weaves the film’s scenario with imagined motivations, expanding the context and proposing an alternative reality for the work.

Power Plays continues artist Laura Eldret’s interest in the cultural iterations of individuals and groups that define themselves according to their passionate adherence to particular ways of being. It is a text + work exhibition and will be accompanied by a publication featuring a text by Sally O’Reilly, a contextual essay by Colin Perry and a curator’s interview. It is curated by Violet McClean of TheGallery at the AUB.

The Private View and Publication Launch is on Thursday 13th September from 6-8pm, which will be followed by an Artists and Curator’s Talk on Thursday 4th October from 5-6pm. To attend any of the events related to the exhibition, or for more information visit the Power Plays event page.

Power Plays is supported using public funding by Arts Council England