Luke Willis Thompson
Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, 2018
Luke Willis Thompson was able to make a new work, How Long? for his solo exhibition at Adam Art Gallery. This entailed travelling to Fiji to make filmed portraits of four individuals all of whom had surnames given to them that recalled the military service family members had undertaken in strife-ridden war zones like Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. The footage was transferred to video and projected on the tall narrow end wall of the gallery to powerfully engage visitors as they navigated the darkened space. How Long? was shown with two other film works: autoportrait and Cemetery of Liveries and Uniforms. This astonishing installation was a prelude to Luke’s nomination for Tate Britain’s prestigious Turner Prize.