This collaborative exhibition, co-curated by the Vancouver Art Gallery and the British Council, presents the work of 15 British artists in Canada’s foremost contemporary art museum, and subsequently tours to museums in Ottawa, Oakville, Edmonton and Nova Scotia. An investigation into the body and cultural geography provide inspiration for most of the works in the exhibition. The diverse range of practice alludes to the social changes which have given a special prominence to the body in contemporary social theory, and engage with current notions such as that of the ‘somatic society’, a society within which major political and personal problems are both internalised within, and also expressed through, the body.
Artists included in this exhibition include Fiona Banner, Martin Boyce, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Tacita Dean, Tracey Emin, Douglas Gordon, Melanie Jackson, Sarah Lucas, Cornelia Parker, Sam Taylor-Wood, Mark Wallinger, Rebecca Warren, Gillian Wearing, Cathy Wilkes and Carey Young. The artists represented are neither of a single generation or geographical location but share common concerns, along with eclectic working methodologies; the exhibition encompassing installation, sculpture, video, painting and drawing.
A full colour catalogue accompanies the exhibition containing texts by Bruce Grenville, Chief Curator of Vancouver Art Gallery, and Colin Ledwith of the British Council as well as a commissioned contribution from the acclaimed writer Douglas Coupland.