Private Project

Les Lis

Les Lis (“The Lilies”) is part of a new series of works by Jacek Ludwig Scarso, playfully exploring the choreography of flower arranging and the concept of staged nature. Created as a sustained static shot, theatrically lit and designed both as single play video or durational video-loop, it owes to baroque aesthetics in its painterly composition and in the use of chiaroscuro. As three men compete to get intoxicated by the beauty and scent of a bunch of lilies, we are left to wonder whether they are really attracted to the flowers, to themselves or to the viewer. A symbol of mortality and sexuality, the lily here becomes an object of ironic devotion and decadent pleasure.

  • Jacek Ludwig Scarso
  • Jacek Ludwig Scarso
  • Marten Jedehulth
    Key Cast
  • Norton O'Hara
    Key Cast
  • Sam Tchoukeu
    Key Cast
  • Sol Angelucci
    Filming and Editing
  • Jelmer Tuinstra
    Technical Support
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Music Video
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 6 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 4, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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Director Biography - Jacek Ludwig Scarso

Jacek Ludwig Scarso stretches theatrical experiences across live performance, video, photography and installation. Born in Rome of Polish-Italian origins, he lives and works in London. Developing from his background in performance and vocal studies, having trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, his work investigates intersections between practices of theatricality and contemporary art. His projects have been exhibited worldwide, including recent shows and commissions at Tate Exchange / Tate Modern, MACRO Museo di Arte Contemporanea (Rome), the Science Museum, GV Art Gallery and InTRANSIT (London), Fotofever at Carrousel du Louvre, Pave D’Orsay and Cutlog (Paris), BAW and The Living Theater (New York), MIA (Milan), Galleria Civica Cavour (Padua), Weissraum Gallery (Kyoto, Japan), CICA Museum (Gyeonggi-do, South Korea), Photo Docks (Lyon), Vkunst (Frankfurt) and Kunstwerk Carlshütte (Budelsdorf) where his video-works are included in the Nord Art Collection. Jacek is a collaborationg artist with Anise Gallery in London and Romberg Arte Contemporanea in Rome. He is also the Artistic Director of the award-winning Elastic Theatre in London and is Senior Lecturer at the Sir John Cass School of Art Architecture and Design (London Metropolitan University), where his artistic research was awarded doctoral recognition and were he holds the honorary title of University Teaching Fellow. He is currently developing a new curatorial enterprise with Studio CS in Italy.

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