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Ralph Pritchard

MA work

I Counted the Nights

I Counted the Nights is a film about a relationship, told through domestic scenes of support and care, against the backdrop of an aggressive, nocturnal city. The script foregrounds holding and closeness, and is inspired by moments in the Arabian Nights where mental health and desire are explored.

Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Arts & Humanities

    Programme

    MA Contemporary Art Practice, 2019

    Specialism

    contemporary-art-practice--critical-practice-pathway

  • I’m a film director/artist. My work focuses on intimacy, both as subject matter and method. In other words, the images I record are of and made by closely bonded people.

    I believe that, to have empathy for others, one must first have some empathy for oneself. As such, my films are at their most honest when they reflect on the uncertainty I feel and see in the world. Sometimes this involves directly confessional work, such as my annual Diary series, or the rap videos I’ve posted on Instagram. Other times it involves scripted scenes directed by me in collaboration with actors and a crew.

    I am in pursuit of non-linearity. Non-linear narrative structure, I believe, is conducive to representing the human experience of trauma. But this extends to the production process too. I’m very happy to let the boundaries bleed between scripting, production and post-production so that the work retains vitality.

    Themes that I deal with include but are not limited to: care, gender roles, systems of justice, sexual repression, love.

  • Degrees

  • Alternative art programme, School of the Damned, 2018
  • Experience

  • Freelance videographer (clients:Jeremy Corbyn, UK Black Lives Matter, Verso Books, The Guardian), 2013–present
  • Exhibitions

  • 'Bloomberg New Contemporaries', South London Gallery, London, 2018; 'Visions in the Nunnery', Bow Arts, London, 2018; 'Gotcha ;)', QUAD, Derby, 2018; 'Vision & Signs' (School of the Damned Graduation Show), Sluice, London, 2018; 'Shouldr', isthisit?, Online, 2017