Edward Lawrenson is a British film director, film critic, writer and university lecturer. During Tabor Film Festival, two of his films will be screened: Abandoned Goods and Uppland.
In 1946, doctors at an English psychiatric hospital opened a studio for patients to make art. Conceived as a laboratory for diagnostic purposes, the studio was one of the first of its kind. Facilitated by the artist Edward Adamson, it soon became a site for free expression. Over the years, the residents created thousands of works, but most of them were destroyed when the hospital closed in 1993. Charting the fate of the 5,500 surviving artworks, Abandoned Goods tells the story of the collection. Blending archive, rostrum and observational footage, it explores the transformation of the objects from clinical material to revered art, examining the changing contexts in which they were produced and displayed.
Film was awarded by Golden Leopard prize for Best International Short at Locarno International Film Festival, 2014.
An architect and filmmaker from Europe visit a town in the remote highlands of Liberia, once a thriving mining community, now decaying and desolate: a concrete ruin in the West African bush. Exploring the town, these researchers discover through its buildings a story of the promise of prosperity and forgotten injustices. A film about architecture, about the remnants of colonialism, and the spiritual cost of industrial mining.