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Elmgreen & Dragset: This Is How We Bite Our Tongue

Elmgreen & Dragset: This Is How We Bite Our Tongue
Whitechapel Gallery,

Galleries 1, 8 and 9

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United Kingdom

The first major UK survey of artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset, this exhibition spans twenty years of extraordinary artistic collaboration. A new large-scale installation commissioned for the Whitechapel Gallery, as well as new and existing sculptures, will bring together the themes and ideas that have endured throughout the artists’ career.

Michael Elmgreen (b. 1961) and Ingar Dragset (b. 1969) have been working together since 1995. They produce beguiling spatial scenarios that explore social and sexual politics and unveil the power structures embedded in the everyday designs that surround us. In their uncanny installations, institutional spaces are transformed into metaphors for individual desires and collective identities with subversive wit and tongue-in-cheek melancholy. The exhibition at Whitechapel Gallery will juxtapose a survey of their emotional figurative sculptures with a major new installation that meditates on the fate of civic space. Other work on display will include Modern Moses (2006), an installation consisting of a figure of a new-born baby in a carry cot, abandoned in front of a cash machine; One Day (2015), in which a sculpture of a young boy gazes at a rifle in a display case; and The Bottle and the Book (2015), a work which consists of a desk, a bottle of liquor and a book that reflects the artists’ inspirations.

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