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Daria Martin

Tonight the World

Artist and Jarman Award 2018 winner Daria Martin revisits dreams and memories from her personal family history to create a complex portrait of migration, loss and resilience.

Drawing upon dream diaries kept by her grandmother over a 35 year period, London-based artist Daria Martin creates a new installation for The Curve. Through atmospheric film and gaming technology Martin stages a series of intimate encounters, enveloping viewers in an exploration of the curious and traumatic history of her grandmother, who fled the imminent Nazi occupation of her country, Czechoslovakia.

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This exhibition has been commissioned by Barbican, London and co-commissioned by The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco.

Additional support is provided by Maureen Paley, London, the South Moravian Film Endowment Fund, Czech Republic, St John’s College, Oxford, University of Oxford, and using public funding by Arts Council England.


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Barbican Meets: Daria Martin

Artist Daria Martin revisits her grandmother's dream diaries and takes us into her exhibition 'Tonight the World', exploring themes of migration, loss and resilience.

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In conversation: Daria Martin and Laura Mulvey


Daria Martin and Laura Mulvey discuss psychoanalysis, experimental filmmaking and challenging the male gaze in an exciting conversation giving an insight into Martin’s new work, 'Tonight the World'

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‘ innovative and surreal approach to connect with the past‘
‘immersive, challenging and affecting‘
Time Out
‘A dream world made real‘
Financial Times
‘a deeply moving homage to family‘
‘an intense sensorial experience‘
RA Magazine

With thanks

Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso Para El Arte logo
Arts Council England logo
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Daria Martin: Tonight the World exhibition toured to:

The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco 
27 June 2019–23 February 2020