Le Meridien and Tate present the Unlock Art Film Series
HUMOR (IS) THE PROCESS THAT ALLOWS ONE TO BRUSH REALITY ASIDE WHEN IT GETS TOO DISTRESSING. ANDRE BRETON
Until the early 1900’s fine art was deemed a comedy-free zone – inherently intellectual and reserved for the religious and academic elite.
It was the father of the Surrealist movement, Andre Breton, who coined the term ‘Black Humour’, inspiring artists to draw on elements of comedy to dismantle the authoritarian dictates of society and provide a witty alternative edge.
Everything from the absurd to the tongue in cheek, the nonsensical to the downright slapstick, has been employed to solicit emotions from shock and awe to a fit of giggles.
Known for her comedic and dramatic roles, actress Tamsin Greig was initially known for her voice, having played the role of Debbie Aldridge in the radio soap, The Archers since 1991.
Now a well-recognised TV and theatre actress, her aptitude for comedy has seen her win ‘Best Comedy Performance’ for her role as Dr. Caroline Todd in Green Wing. Multi-talented Greig is also highly acclaimed in the very serious world of stage acting and won a coveted Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in 2007 for the RSC’s production of Much Ado About Nothing.