I Scream for ice-cream

The sweetness of ice-cream and the idiosyncratic approach of director Jim Jarmusch may feel like disparate things, but the two have been brought together for a new group photography exhibition, I Scream Factory.

Lena Vazhenina
Lena Vazhenina

The show, which opens next week, features work from ten photographers, who each ‘explore perceptions of life through the medium of ice-cream’, according to artist collective I Scream Factory, which is organising it.

 Takeshi Suga
Takeshi Suga

All the works are inspired by Jarmusch’s 1986 film Down By Law, which stars Tom Waits, John Lurie and Roberto Bengini in a prison-break tale that examines the relationship between the convicts.

Lena Vazhenina
Lena Vazhenina

Among the international artists showing their work are Melanie Galea (Italy), Nadia Sarwar (UK),  Irina Gavrich (Austria), Lena Vazhenina, Takeshi Suga and Aitor Santome.

 Takeshi Suga
Takeshi Suga

‘I see the act of eating ice-cream as an escape into somewhere else for a fleeting moment’, says Suga.

‘In order to portray it visually and contextually, I chose a location reminiscent of the swamp (escape) scene in the film where the action takes place in a slightly oneiric atmosphere’.

Aitor Santome
Aitor Santome

Santome, meanwhile, drew inspiration from the idea of ice-cream as a ‘dirty, funny thing’  – and a perfect accompaniment to viewing a film. He draws parallels between this ‘dirty’ idea of ice-cream and the ‘surreal, grungy dark undertones’ of Fown By Law, according to the gallery.

Lena Vazhenina
Lena Vazhenina

I Scream Factory runs from  8 ­ – 15 May at A_Space, Anomalous Visuals gallery, 38 Pentonville Road, London N1 9HF. For more information visit http://www.iscreamfactory.com

Aitor Santome
Aitor Santome

Latest articles