TEETH is a new video installation by artist Jennifer Martin, developed through collaboration and discussion with UK-based immigrants, exploring the entanglement of love, power, and administration.
In January 2017, former Home Secretary Amber Rudd wrote, ‘Illegal and would-be illegal migrants and the public…need to know that our immigration system has “teeth”’. Her letter, written to then Prime Minister Theresa May, was leaked in April 2018 amid the Windrush Scandal. Teeth are the bite of the UK immigration system, its violence and desirous devouring.
In the film, an eager couple encounters a check of their Spousal Visa application. They re-enact text and email correspondence, and endure a fire-round of questioning. A Home Office agent acts as the personification of ‘teeth’; we follow them in their daily routine.
TEETH navigates how immigrants can be consumed by systems that seek to churn them up and spit them out – somewhere, elsewhere.
TEETH opens at Primary in Nottingham on 24 October 2019.
Jennifer Martin was the recipient of the second Stuart Croft Foundation Education Award in 2018, to support the development and production of her project TEETH.
33 Seely Road, Nottingham, NG7 1NU
PREVIEW: Thursday 24 October, 6-8pm
EXHIBITION: 25 October – 21 December
OPENING TIMES: Thursday – Saturday, 11am-6pm
Alongside the exhibition there is a programme of events in London and Nottingham:
Date TBC: Love Letters in the Age of Tinder: London Workshop, 10-1pm & Reading group, 2-4pm, Location: Turf Projects, London
15 November: Artist in Conversation, 6-8pm, Primary, Nottingham-Facilitator: Jade Foster
16 November: Love Letters in the Age of Tinder: Nottingham Workshop, 10-1 & Reading group, 2-4, Primary, Nottingham-Facilitator: Jade Foster
15 December: Exhibition tour, 2pm, Primary, Nottingham
Produced by b.Dewitt in collaboration with Primary. TEETH is supported by the Stuart Croft Foundation and The Elephant Trust, using public funding by Arts Council England.