Archives 2nd half of 2013
Aquatopia is a major exhibition of contemporary and historic art that explores how the ocean deep has been imagined across cultures and through time. The exhibition and the accompanying book reveal how human societies have projected their sexual desires, their will to power, and their fear of difference and mortality onto the often mysterious and weird life-
Exhibition 12 October 2013 -
At Tate St Ives, the exhibition travels to the very edge of the ocean, occupying all of the gallery's spectacular spaces, overlooking Porthmeor beach. Presented in collaboration with Nottingham Contemporary, the exhibition at Tate St Ives has been curated by Alex Farquharson, Director of Nottingham Contemporary, with Martin Clark, former Artistic Director and Director of Bergen Kunsthall. Featuring over a hundred and forty artworks, as well as various aquatic artefacts and curios, the exhibition has been supported by loans from museums and private collectors, including Victoria & Albert Museum, National Maritime Museum and Tate's own collection.
The art in Aquatopia has strong links with powerful literary archetypes, including The Odyssey, The Tempest, The Ancient Mariner, Moby Dick and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The richly illustrated catalogue, published by Nottingham Contemporary and Tate St Ives, in association with Tate Publishing, includes newly commissioned and recent critical essays by leading thinkers and writers on the sea from various disciplines, including Philip Hoare, Marcus Rediker, Marina Warner, Kodwo Eshun, Simon Grant, David Toop and Celeste Olalquiaga, as well as numerous literary works.
Featuring: Ant Farm, Alex Bag & Ethan Kramer, Hernan Bas, John Bellany, Guy Ben-
© ArtCatalyse International / Marika Prévosto 2013. All Rights Reserved
© Wangechi Mutu, Blue Rose, 2007. Ink, paint, mixed media, plant material and plastic pearls on Mylar, 58.4 x 55.9cm. Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro, London.
Aquatopia's briny depths are populated with ancient sea monsters and futuristic dolphin embassies, sirens and paramilitary gill-