History Is Now: 7 Artists Take On Britain

History Is Now: 7 Artists Take On Britain


In History Is Now: 7 Artists Take On Britain, John Akomfrah, Simon Fujiwara, Roger Hiorns, Hannah Starkey, Richard Wentworth, and Jane and Louise Wilson explore the nation’s recent past through over 250 artworks, images and objects.

Spanning the years from 1945 to the present day, their varied curatorial ‘takes’ on the UK offer fresh perspectives on themes as diverse as the Cold War, protest movements, feminism, BSE, post-Thatcherite society and celebrity culture. The artists’ visual explorations are interwoven with newly commissioned essays, stories and poetry from journalist Sheila Dillon, architectural historian Adrian Forty, economist Daniel Fujiwara, journalist and writer Charlotte Higgins, novelist and poet Jackie Kay, art historian David Alan Mellor and Hayward Gallery curator Cliff Lauson.

224 pages
29.7 x 22 cm
RRP £30
ISBN 978 1 85332 327 0

Design by Julia


History Is Now: 7 Artists Take On Britain explores 70 years of cultural and social history. Filtering collective history through their individual perspectives, seven British artists of different generations and backgrounds – John Akomfrah, Simon Fujiwara, Roger Hiorns, Hannah Starkey, Richard Wentworth and Jane and Louise Wilson – each curate distinct sections of the exhibition and provide their unique ‘take’ on recent British history.

The six sections of History Is Now cover topics as varied as the Cold War, post-Thatcherite society, feminism, protest movements, ‘mad cow disease’ and celebrity culture through a diverse set of artworks and objects ranging from a Bloodhound Surface-to-Air missile to a half-tonne piece of coal. In their content, approach and design each of these artist-curated sections push at the limits of conventional exhibition-making. Set against the political backdrop of the upcoming General Election in May History Is Now provides us with a new way of looking at our past, as well as a platform for considering the future.

History Is Now is co-curated by Dr Cliff Lauson, Hayward Gallery Curator.

Hayward Gallery, London
Tue 10 Feb 2015–Sun 26 Apr 2015

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