Black Mirror: Art As Social Satire




A major new exhibition featuring the work of 26 contemporary artists.

Black Mirror will explore art’s role in social satire, and how political uncertainty has influenced the art of recent years.

Using media such as collage, caricatures, photography and installation, the exhibition shows how satire can provide both light relief as well as unsettling commentary on the tumultuous, divisive climate of modern-day politics.

Black Mirror features some of the world’s most exciting contemporary artists making work about the world we live in, exposing anxieties our modern obsessions create. Artists featured include Turner prize nominee Richard Billingham, whose photography series of his parents Ray’s A Laugh pioneered “squalid realism” as he confronted the art world with the reality of
poverty; Polish artist Aleksandra Mir who parodies newspapers by crudely drawing them with childlike tools – bringing new meaning to “fake news”; and Chilean sculptor Alejandra Prieto, who transforms rejected lumps of coal into a beautiful, desirable object of opulence, confronting class disparity and the commodification of luxury over function.

At a time of collective unease, Black Mirror emphasises the importance of art and satire in dissecting power structures, questioning societal norms, and visualising political unrest, providing light relief to life’s uncertainties.
SIMON BEDWELL, RICHARD BILLINGHAM, STEVE BISHOP, CLAYTON BROTHERS, MICHAEL CLINE, JESSICA CRAIG- MARTIN, JUSTIN CRAUN, AARON FOWLER, GAO BROTHERS, VALERIE HEGARTY, DAVID HERBERT, JAMES HOWARD, DES HUGHES, SCOTT KING, DOUGLAS KOLK, WENDY MAYER, DOMINIC MCGILL,
ALEKSANDRA MIR, ALEJANDRA PRIETO, BEN SCHUMACHER, ANNE SPEIER, ROMAN STANCZAK, JOHN STEZAKER, JADE TOWNSEND, MARIANNE VITALE, BEDWYR WILLIAMS

Lead image: John Stezaker Marriage I 2006

Duration 28 September 2018 - 13 January 2019
Times
Cost Free
Venue Saatchi Gallery
Address The Duke of York’s Headquarters, Kings Road, London, SW3 4RY
Contact 0207 811 308 / admin@saatchigallery.com / www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk

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