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31 Jan 2019 - 7 Apr 2019

Daria Martin: Tonight the World

As part of her new exhibition in London, the internationally acclaimed artist with Czech roots Daria Martin will present a short film based on dream diaries of her grandmother. A portrait of a woman, who fled from the Holocaust, was shot in villa Stiassni in Brno, Czechia.

The film Tonight the World is part of an exhibition of the same name, which is going to take place in the Barbican Centre in London. It will premiere on January 30 and the exhibition itself will open to public the following day. The film draws from the written records of dreams of the artist´s grandmother Susi Stiassni. Through the mediation of this display, Daria Martin revives 35 years of memories of this extraordinary woman, who was forced to leave her native land in fear of the Holocaust. Her family counted among the most successful Jewish producers of textiles in the region of South Moravia. The Morava Palace, the buildings on the premises of the Vlněna Textile Mill and also the modernist villa Stiassni are among the family´s possessions that are still to be seen in Susi´s native city of Brno.

“In her diaries, there is a note on a dream, every few months, in which Susi returns to their family villa. These dreams are sometimes joyful, but frequently full of anxiety and usually quite peculiar,” says the project´s author.

A combination of film and computer gaming technology creates an atmospheric environment in which visitors can explore the vivid memories set in Susi´s childhood home. Entering the exhibition, visitors make a virtual journey through a rendering of the villa just the way it looked like back then. This installation isn´t therefore a mere exhibition. It is simultaneously a portrait of the artist´s ancestors and a self-portrait of the artist herself. It is an exploration of the sentiment of loss, involuntary migration and intergenerational trauma.

The exhibition is part of the Barbican’s 2019 season entitled Life Rewired, which explores what it means to be human when technology is changing everything.

Daria Martin is a London-based, internationally exhibited artist and filmmaker and 2018 Jarman award-winner. She is a Professor of Art at The Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford. Martin’s films aim to create a continuity between disparate media such as painting and performance, between people and objects, and between internal and social worlds.  She was born in 1973 in San Francisco. After studying humanities at the Yale University, she received her Master in Fine Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2000. Her works were exhibited in the UK, France, Sweden, Turkey, Australia, China and the United States. Tonight the World is her first solo commission for a major London public gallery.


Film premiere:
Wed 31 Jan 2019, 10 am – 1 pm

31 Jan – 7 Apr 2019
Sat–Wed:   11 am – 8 pm 
Thu-Fri:   11 am – 9 pm

Last entry 15 minutes before closing.



The exhibition was made possible thanks to the support of Wellcome, Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso para el Arte, Maureen Paley, London and with public funding by Arts Council England. Projections by Christie Digital.


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Cover photo: © Daria Martin, courtesy Maureen Paley, London




The Curve, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS


From: 31 Jan 2019
To: 7 Apr 2019



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