Concerned with repetition and memory, A Memory… After Bach’s Cello Suites is a layered film in which cellist Gabriella Swallow plays excerpts from Bach’s Six Suites for the Cello Solo. Khan’s fascination with Bach’s Cello Suites is rooted in the fact that a number of different versions have been published and each performer brings their own knowledge and interpretation, so these fragments of music are repeated but never the same.
A Memory… After Bach’s Cello Suites is a natural progression from Khan’s photographic works which use repetitive images from single appropriated sources such as pages of the Koran, sheet music by Beethoven or paintings by Turner. One subtly different page is layered after another, revealing the passage of time and the artist’s own hand.
A Memory…After Bach’s Cello Suites is Idris Khan’s film debut, jointly commissioned by inIVA and Victoria Miro Gallery and shown in tandem with Khan’s first solo show at Victoria Miro Gallery.
Extracts from Bach’s Cello Suites 1-6 performed by Gabriella Swallow
Curator: Cylena Simonds
Producer: Pinky Ghundale
Director of Photography: Belinda Parsons
Sound recordist: Mick Duffield
Editor: Daniel Goddard
Supported by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation