Gail Pickering's work is primarily time-based, including moving image, performance and text. A key element of the work is the use of historical material, not just in its literal appropriation but in its appearance as staged through voice, mimicry, interruption and through the various accomplices and protagonists with whom she has worked in her videos and performances. The tension between the moving image and live presence offers an instability that recurs throughout her work in a desire to position it and us within a temporal and spatial present.
Gail Pickering lives and works in London, completing her MFA at Goldsmiths in 2001. Her work has been shown widely including recent solo exhibitions at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, 2014-15, and Centre d'art Contemporain de la Ferme du Buisson, Paris, 2014. Her work was included in the 58th London Film Festival at the BFI; Assembly A Survey of British Artists Film and Video, Tate Britain, both 2014; the British Art Show 7, In The Days Of The Comet, Hayward Touring, 2010-11; X Baltic Triennial, CAC, Vilnius; Event Horizon, Royal Academy of Arts; Volatile Dispersal, Whitechapel Gallery, all 2009; Here We Dance, Tate Modern; Neither Either Nor Or, Kunstverein Stuttgart; Nought to Sixty, ICA; Gail Pickering, Gasworks, London, all 2008. Her performance works include Not Yet No Longer, ICA, London and Arnolfini, Bristol, both 2012 and Mad Masters, South London Gallery in 2008. Her ICA commissioned film Karaoke was broadcast on Channel 4 as part of Random Acts.