Tate Modern

Media Burn

16 Dec 2006 - 18 Feb 2007

Media Burn exhibition, 2006 Photo: Marcus Leith and Andrew Dunkley © Tate
Media Burn
16 December 2006 – 18 February 2007

Media Burn explores the boundaries between art, politics, protest and the media. It combines contemporary works with those from the 1970s and 1980s, all sharing a DIY, collage aesthetic that involves manipulating the images and techniques of the mass media. Some of the artists explore the relationship between politics and everyday life in the domestic environment. Others take to the streets, contemplating the effectiveness of protest and direct action in the twenty-first century.

Martha Rosler’s collages throw a spotlight on the media consumption of the Iraq war, while Peter Kennard’s satirical ́photomontages provide a savage commentary on 1980s British politics and society. Sharon Hayes holds a one-woman protest using slogans taken from past political actions. Similarly, Jens Ullrich doctors documentary photographs of demonstrations to render their placards meaningless. Wynne Greenwood and K8 Hardy present a spoof feminist news report, while Valérie Mréjen creates a hypnotic and melancholy essay on the limited horizons of a 1970s housewife. Josephine Meckseper’s glittering shop window displays teasingly blur the relationships between politics and art, culture and advertising.

Wynne Greenwood and K8 Hardy: New Report Live - Saturday 17 February 2007

Tags: Wynne Greenwood, K8 Hardy, Sharon Hayes, Josephine Meckseper, Valérie Mréjen, Martha Rosler, Jens Ullrich