“Peggy and Fred in Hell, Folding (1984-2015) is an open ended episodic work that has been in the making for over thirty years, its protagonists, real-life siblings Janis and Donald Reading, fall down a rabbit hole into a post-apocalyptic world where they are the only humans. With only the loosest backstory, Thornton began filming the children – who were her neighbours – in the early 1980s. She continued to work with them as they grew into teenagers and then young adults, and still maintains contact with them now. Over three decades she has continued to rework the material they shot together, periodically producing new ‘episodes’, and the project has evolved into one of the most singular and complex works of experimental film and video.” The The Inoperative Community, exhibition booklet.
Dan Kidner is a curator and writer. He was previously Director of Picture This, Bristol (2011 - 2013), and co-Director of City Projects, London (2004 - 2011). Over the past 10 years he has produced projects by many artists’ working with film and video including Knut Åsdam, Anja Kirschner and David Panos, Cara Tolmie, Emily Wardill and Jimmy Robert. His books include, with Petra Bauer, Working Together: British Film Collectives in the 1970s (2013) and with George Clark and James Richards, A Detour Around Infermental (2011).