UK / Duration 5m 24s loop / 2013
A disgraced former US politician is endlessly interviewed about political fraud, financial corruption and marital infidelity.
A white male in his late 50s sits in a classic documentary talking-head setting. A backdrop is behind him, recalling post-war American painting. The man is asked a series of questions, put to him by an off-screen interviewer with a US accent. The questions probe areas such as political fraud, financial corruption, the buying of power, the man’s time served in prison, and marital infidelity. The interviewee does not answer the questions. He does not speak. At certain points he cries. ‘Questions’ is shown as s a circular film, running on a continuous loop.
Stuart Croft’s practice as an artist-filmmaker uses various strategies to investigate the subjects of recurrence, power and desire. Co-opting the codes of mainstream moving image, Croft uses the tools of scriptwriting, acting, cinematography and production personnel to re-purpose familiar genre templates – including film noir, the Hollywood musical, the road movie and the documentary form. His work often merges high-end production techniques with the structures of artists’ film to explore the contemporary collision of the dominant and critical image.
With a body of work comprising 17 films, Croft has shown his work in galleries, contemporary art museums and cinemas in over 25 countries to date. He has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, solo survey screenings and group shows at venues including Bloomberg Space, London / Museum of Contemporary Art (M HKA), Antwerp / Tate Modern Starr Auditorium, London / FACT, Liverpool / PS1-MoMA, New York / Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, London / Platform China, Beijing / Royal Academy, London and Chisenhale Gallery, London.
Stuart Croft is based in London and is currently a senior tutor at the Royal College of Art. In 2009 Croft founded the RCA Moving Image Studio and he recently established the RCA’s new Moving Image Pathway.