Jennifer Brady - ‘The Known World'
Working primarily with the moving image, Jennifer Brady's work investigates the embedded narratives of
specific social and cultural sites. Central to her practice is a belief in the character of unreality inherent to the
filmmaking process. Though drawing on real events and places, she adopts approaches from fiction and non fiction
film, creating video works which constitute negotiated realities of place. Her work is motivated by a concern for
contemporary representations of the real in an increasingly mediated reality.
The Known World is an experimental nature documentary with voiceover tracing the relationship of the Swan to
notions of uncertainty and doubt. Concerned with the fragility of knowledge, the video presents a natural history of
transition and change. Using images of Lough Lannagh and the family of Mute Swans that live on it, the work
operates in the space between documentary and fiction. Its protagonist reveals a world where reality is a
constantly evolving set of ideas.