Horsepolish

"Oona Grimes’ thoughts of Victorian work places and childhood connect with her recollection of Vittorio De Sica’s 1946 film Shoeshine (Sciuscia)." - Jenni Lomax

De Sica meets Dr Barnardo at the Ragged School Museum.
In what plays as an outtake from some larger narrative, 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 & freedom from the reality of their daily Sisyphean task.

“…the fictional spaces of cinema become another resonant layer of history embedded in the architecture of the Ragged School Museum.” - Lucy Reynolds

  • Oona Grimes
    Director
  • Tony Grisoni
    Producer
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    March 1, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    7,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Shooting Format:
    S 16 & digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    4:3
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Oona Grimes

Oona Grimes is a London based artist, primarily a chaser of language through drawing and clay making.
During Grimes’ 2018 Bridget Riley Fellowship at The British School at Rome she segued from thieving Lorenzetti tartans and cartoon detail from Etruscan paintings, to the appropriation of neorealist films - mis-remembered, imitated and low tech re- enacted: a physical drawing of herself captured on i-phone.

Recent Group Shows:
Through which the light passes - Ragged Arts Festival @ The Ragged School Museum : curated by Antoni Malinowski 2021
Drawing Room Biennale : Drawing Room Gallery 2021
Rapid Transitions #2 : curated by Judith Dean [online] 2021
The Spiritual Exercises 2 : Arts Chaplaincy = collaborations with Phil Baines & Tony Grisoni 2021
Colour/Collage/Poetry : Slade UCL [online] 2021
Swedenbourg Film Festival selected by John Smith & Melanie Manchot [online] 2020
Washing Line : curated by Neil Zackiewicz & Patrick Morrissey : Thames-Side studios Gallery 2020
Wells Art Contemporary : Wells Cathedral [online] 2020
Unstilled Life 1980-2020 : Curated by Paul Carey-Kent, Emma Cousin, Tintype and Ron Mandos online animation exhibition 2020
Danielle Arnaud : 25 Years : online anniversary show at Danielle Arnaud 2020
A Way of Seeing : virtual viewing room at Danielle Arnaud 2020
The Spiritual Exercises : online show hosted by Arts Chaplaincy Projects curated by Mark Dean 2020
A Personal Perspective : 18 Years at A.P.T.
Curated by Liz May : Art in Perpetuity Trust A.P.T Gallery = 2020.
Mis(sing)-Communication : A six-week online screening programme curated by Tess Charnley at Danielle Arnaud 2020
Strangelove Cinema : curated by Terry Smith 2020
New Doggerland 2 : Thames-side Gallery 2020
Ridiculous curated by Paul Carey-Kent : Elephant West 2020
More Gravy! : Tintype gallery 2019
Facies curated by Gordon Hon : 5 Years gallery 2019
British Video Art at Macro Asilo : Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Rome 2019
Dog Show : Southwark Park Galleries 2019
Mostyn Open 21 : Llandudno Wales 2019
Strangelove— Time Based Media Festival : Folkestone 2019
1d — Abroad : Tintype Gallery London 2019

Oona Grimes is represented by Danielle Arnaud contemporary art

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De Sica meets Dr Barnardo at the Ragged School Museum.
In what plays as an outtake from some larger narrative, 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 & freedom from the reality of their daily Sisyphean task.