Charlotte Ginsborg

Charlotte Ginsborg’s work juxtaposes fictional and documentary approaches to filmmaking in order to disrupt the viewers’ expectations of conventional narrative structure. Her films investigate the different ways people physically occupy and mentally utilise public spaces, focusing specifically on how people’s behaviour alters as they move between private and public arenas. Through the use of storytelling she addresses people’s often complex relationship to work and the role creativity plays in a culturally diverse selection of individuals’ lives.

The films focus on public sites where people ‘rub up’ against one another and document witnessed events that are transformed by the participants into fantastical scenarios. Located firmly in the quotidian Ginsborg is interested in seeing how far surreal events can puncture a sense of the concrete here and now and still retain a sense of credibility.

By combining voice over, interview footage and overtly staged scenes questions arise as to whether the events unfolding are true and to what extent the cast are acting. Are the characters figments of each other’s imaginations? Or in fact each other’s alter egos? Ginsborg works with non-actors and is interested in what happens to people once placed in front of the camera, and subsequently how a filmmaker can attempt to capture the subtlety of individuals continually shifting performances in real life. How and why we adjust ‘self’ in relationship to ‘other’ and what role storytelling has in our ability to negotiate the everyday are developed into key questions.


Charlotte Ginsborg is a London based artist working in film and video. She graduated with an MA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College in 2002.

Since then her 16mm films and videos have been screened and exhibited nationally and internationally including: the Serpentine Gallery, ICA, and Camden Arts Centre, London, the Walker Institute, Minneapolis, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin and Palais de Tokyo, Paris.

She had recent solo exhibitions at the Jerwood Foundation, London, and Basis, Frankfurt. Her film, Over The Bones was nominated for the Tiger Shorts Competition at the Rotterdam Film Festival 2010. Her films have been commissioned and funded by Film London, the Arts Council England and the Jerwood Foundation and are distributed by The LUX.


Melior Street by Charlotte Ginsborg was on view at the Art on the Underground screen at Canary Wharf Station (March – April 2014).