Daria Martin: Tonight the World exhibition

13 December 2018


Open: 31st January – 7th April 2019

Free Admission


London-based artist and filmmaker Daria Martin’s first solo commission for a major London public gallery will be opening at the Barbican Art Gallery in January. The exhibition will be held in The Curve which is the Barbican’s free exhibition space that wraps around the back of the Concert Hall. It is part of the Barbican’s 2019 season, Life Rewired, which explores what it means to be human when technology is changing everything.


Combining film and computer gaming technology, Martin creates an atmospheric environment, in which visitors can explore the vivid memories of artist Susi Stiassni, Martin’s grandmother, who fled from the Holocaust. Martin draws on an extensive archive of her grandmother’s dream diaries amounting to over 10,000 pages. These forensically recorded accounts were created over a 35 year period, initially for the purposes of psychoanalysis. Stiassni’s dreams frequently return to the curious and traumatic history of her childhood home, a modernist villa, still standing today in the city of Brno located in then Czechoslovakia.


Entering the exhibition, visitors encounter a film created using computer gaming technology which journeys through a rendering of the villa in Brno as it was when Stiassni lived there. A second film, shot with actors, reveals a reimagining of five of Stiassni’s dreams set within the house. Martin envisages that the installation will become simultaneously a portrait of her ancestor, a self-portrait and an exploration of intergenerational trauma, migration, loss, and resilience.


Daria Martin is an internationally exhibited artist living in London, and 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. Martin was born in 1973 in San Francisco.



The Curve

Barbican Centre

Silk Street



Website: https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2019/event/daria-martin-tonight-the-world



Picture copyright: Tonight the World, 2018 anamorphic 16mm film transferred to HD 13 minutes © Daria Martin, courtesy Maureen Paley, London.