False Wife

False Wife is a work that leads its visitors through an ordeal of transformation. A poppers training video is typically a user-made compilation of pornographic clips paired with text, hypnotic music, voice-overs, and instructions for action. False Wife is a poppers training video, but its material is ambiguous and obscure. Its narrative, drawn from a variety of folk tales in which transformation occurs, reflects on themes of desire, shame, transgression, and the longing for change.

Director Biography

Jamie Crewe is a beautiful bronze figure with a polished cocotte’s head. She makes artworks with video, text, installation, sculpture, drawing, painting, and more. These works think about constriction: the way people are formed by their cultures, environments and relationships, and the things that herniate from them as a consequence. Recent solo exhibitions include LUX, London; Humber St Gallery, Hull; and Grand Union, Birmingham. And group exhibitions include British Art Show 9; Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach; and ICA London.

Director Filmography

False Wife (2022), A luxury (2021), “Morton” — “Beedles” — “An abyss” (2020), “The Ideal Bar” — “Le Narcisse” — “Alec’s” (2020), Ashley (2020), Pastoral Drama (2018), Adulteress (2017), Chantal after James Bidgood and Jean Genet (2016), Teleny (2015), White Adonis (2014)

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UK Festival Premiere


Jamie Crewe


United Kingdom

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Content Warnings

Flashing lights/ strobe effects Strong sexual references

Primary Contact

Jamie Crewe