An eager couple interrogated by UK Home Office agents endures a series of assessments that become progressively performative to evidence the legitimacy of their relationship. ‘TEETH’ addresses the entanglement of love, power, and administration in the UK spousal visa process. In January 2017, former Home Secretary Amber Rudd wrote, 'illegal and would-be illegal migrants and the public...need to know that our immigration system has "teeth"'. Her letter, written to then Prime Minister Theresa May, was leaked in April 2018 amid reporting on the Windrush Scandal. Teeth are the bite of the UK immigration system, its violence and desirous devouring.
Jennifer Martin lives and works in London, UK. Martin's practise spans artists moving image, photography, and installation. Ongoing themes include the performativity of belonging and the instability of images. Recent solo exhibitions and commissions include TEETH, Primary, Nottingham (2019-20); Channel 6, Turf Projects, London (2019); and Britain Been Rotten, Cypher Billboards, London (2019). Recent screenings include 36 Kasseler Dokfest, Kassel (2019); B3 Biennial, Frankfurt (2019); EMAF No. 32, Osnabrück (2019). She is a graduate of the Royal College of Art (2018) and Slade School of Fine Art (2013). Martin is a co-director of not/nowhere, an artist workers' cooperative run by Black artists and artists of colour, focusing on photochemical film, audio, and digital practices.