"I think there are things that need to be changed about this world. And the first time I started becoming excited by art it was the art of propaganda: the idea of photography with a message, photography that was saying something. With this exhibition that’s what we’re really trying to ignite and bring to the forefront: art that speaks a message, art that is loud, art that is provocative." - Nick Knight
The latest exhibition to be staged in the SHOWstudio Shop space, In Your Face is a jolt to the senses, colliding agitprop pieces from the world of fashion, fine art and film. The title reveals a duality, a reference to confrontation and also the immediately legible language of the portrait. Including works by artists, fashion designers and filmmakers who have engaged with the corporeal and the body as matter, the exhibition resonates in a wider politically universal sphere.
Confirmed fine artists, photographers and filmmakers involved in the exhibition include Marina Abramović, Franko B, Debra Baxter, Luis Bunuel, Nancy Burson, Chris Crites, Stephen Doherty, Marco Evaristti, Leo Gabin, Lucy & Bart, Gao Brothers, Shadafarin Ghadirian, Douglas Gordon, Fraser Hamilton, IngridMwangiRobertHutter, Patrick Ian Hartley, Walter Hugo, Nick Knight, Little and Whitehead, Amir Mobed, Polly Morgan, Harold Offeh, Ed Templeton, Rudolf Schwartzkogler, Santiago Sierra, Tim Shaw, Anj Smith, and Hank Willis Thomas. Confirmed fashion designers include award-winning milliners Stephen Jones, Nasir Mazhar and up-and-coming London label Void Of Course.
As the exhibition also celebrates a major relaunch of SHOWstudio.com, with a new visual identity and fresh approach to always-outstanding fashion film and editorial content, the work within In Your Face serves as the physical anchor and foundation for our online programming which will include specially-commissioned fashion films, interactive apps, and a series of live musical and fashion-based performance broad- casts, alongside a unique new interview series under the creative direction of Nick Knight. Stay tuned to our comprehensive new calendar - www.showstudio.com/calendar - to catch announcements of events as they get confirmed.
Up-front, direct and sometimes brutal, In Your Face explores the contradictions, difficulties and traumatic engagements involved in our relationship to the world.
"It’s a good thing that people do question their values, without assuming their values are always correct. To push people to reconsider their opinions is good. But sometimes you have to do that in a direct and upfront way, in your face." - Nick Knight