Alien Nation Art Exhibition
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Author:  Roy [ Fri Mar 16, 2007 8:12 pm ]
Post subject:  Alien Nation Art Exhibition

Straight from the website. It is on tour but my perusal of the websites was not exactly enlightening. It is on in Manchester now but it may also be on at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art at the University of East Anglia simultaneously.

I'll try and get to the Manchester exhibition.

Alien Nation
Saturday 17 March 2007 - Monday 7 May 2007
Manchester Art Gallery

Laylah Ali, Hamad Butt, Ellen Gallagher & Edgar Cleijne, David Huffman, Hew Locke, Marepe, Henna Nadeem, Kori Newkirk, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Eric Wesley and Mario Ybarra Jr.

Alien Nation explores the relationship between science fiction, race and contemporary art. Twelve contemporary international artists use science fiction and extra-terrestrial forms to explore racial difference as a metaphor for the threat of the outsider. The artworks include film, sculpture, photography and multi-media installations.

Much has been written about the connection between sci-fi cinema of the 1950s and ‘60s and the Cold War, where fear of invasion, communism and nuclear war was played out in films that projected the anxieties of the present onto the future. In recent years many artists have similarly used science fiction and extra-terrestrial forms as a way of exploring racial difference and as a potent metaphor for the threat of the outsider.

Alien Nation presents the work of twelve contemporary international artists all of whom explore themes of ‘otherness’ and ‘difference’ through the language and iconography of sci-fi. The witty and provocative artworks on display expose a disturbing contemporary narrative in which the media perpetuate a terror of ‘invasion’ from immigrants, asylum seekers (indeed any racial, cultural or ethnic ‘other’) and position such ‘outsiders’ as the dominant threat to both family and national stability.

Mingling fact and fiction, science and art, Alien Nation will also show a collection of original sci-fi film posters from the 1950’s to present day, courtesy of The Reel Poster Gallery, as well as extracts from contemporary and archive science fiction films as part of this unique exhibition that reveals our innermost fears and fantasies about the outsider.

Alien Nation is an inIVA and ICA touring exhibition supported by the Arts Council England and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation ... ?itemID=23

Manchester Art Gallery
Mosley Street
Manchester M2 3JL
Exhibition details
Tues–Sun, 10pm-5pm and 10am-8pm.
17/03/07 – 07/05/07

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Author:  Roy [ Fri Mar 16, 2007 8:15 pm ]
Post subject:  OOps

Forgot to include phone numbers information:
+44 161 235 8888 (Manchester)
+44 1603 593199 Sainsbury, University of East Anglia, Norwich, NR4 7TJ UK

Author:  Roy [ Fri May 18, 2007 5:50 pm ]
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My review of this was posted on Richard Hawkins' Scifiuk website and is still there albeit on page 2 now, it is old news. However it will resurface at the Sainsbury Art Gallery, Norwich, October 2nd to December 9th 2007.

Sorry I probably should have mentioned it before.

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