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The Foundation

15 March 2015

The Foundation is a major film installation by London and Los Angeles-based artist Patrick Staff, co-commissioned with Chisenhale Gallery, London; Spike Island, Bristol; Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; and the IMA. In this new work Staff explores queer intergenerational relationships negotiated through historical materials. The film combines footage shot at the Tom of Finland Foundation in Los Angeles—home to the archive of the erotic artist and gay icon and a community of people that care for it—with choreographic sequences shot within a specially constructed set.


The Foundation  is on display at Chisenhale Gallery until 12 April. The exhibition opens at the IMA on 8 August.

Patrick Staff, The Foundation (still), 2014. HD video, sound, 28 minutes.