Artist’s Project: Fiona Banner


An intriguing example of artist Fiona Banner's “still films,” this removable poster features a blow-by-blow transcription of Top Gun (1986) in the 16:9 aspect ratio of a movie screen.

Fiona Banner’s art encompasses texts, drawings, sculptures, and installations and has been shown in exhibitions around the world. Also known as The Vanity Press, her work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, NY; the Philadelphia Museum; Walker Art Gallery, Minneapolis; and the Tate Gallery, London, among others. Since forming The Vanity Press in 1997, Banner has self-published many of her own works, including The Nam (1997), a 1,000-page account of six Vietnam feature films. The London-based artist was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2002. In 2009, she issued herself an International Standard Book Number and registered herself as an eponymous publication. In 2010, she transformed and displayed two decommissioned Royal Air Force fighter jets for the 10th Duveen Hall Commission at the Tate Britain.