Speak Exhibit At The Serpentine Gallery In London

A new exhibit is opening at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London on Thursday March 2, called “Speak: Tania Bruguera, Douglas Gordon, Laure Prouvost and Cally Spooner.” It will close on May 21. The Exhibit takes inspiration from British conceptual artist John Latham, and includes video, light, sound and sculpture.

According to the Gallery, “Each artist explores language as a medium for action, exchange and disruption. Together, they reveal how Latham’s ideas continue to resonate: from taking an unconventional approach to the reception and transference of knowledge to prioritising the role of the artist in society as a mechanism for change.”

The exhibit explores artistic expressions in all its forms. Cally Spooner’s “Warm Up” (2016), for example, shows the artist doing gym exercises near stacks of paper held down by paper weights that appear to be ears.  Tania Bruguera’s “Tatlin’s Whisper #6 (Havana Version)” (2009) shows a woman at a microphone speaking with a dove on her shoulder. Douglas Gordon’s “Letter Unsent (Number 7)” (2005) is a graphical image with the words, “I still believe in miracles.”

The art is a delightful mix of works that celebrate speaking and expression. Attending the exhibit will be an aesthetic and intellectual education.

Cally Spooner, ‘Warm Up’, 2016 Courtesy the artist and Zero, Milan; Photo: Roberto Marossi
Cally Spooner, ‘Early research: method #7’, 2016 Courtesy the artist and gb agency, Paris; Photo: Aurelien Mole
Tania Bruguera, ‘Tatlin’s Whisper #6 (Havana version)’, 2009 Photo: Courtesy of Studio Bruguera, Collection Solomon R. Guggenheim, New York, Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund, 2014. © Tania Bruguera
Tania Bruguera, ‘Opening Session of the foundational process of INSTAR – Instituto de Artivismo Hannah Arendt’, 2015 Courtesy INSTAR and Yo Tambien Exijo Platform
Douglas Gordon, ‘Letter Unsent (Number 7)’, 2005
Douglas Gordon, ‘Letter Unsent (Number 7)’, 2005 Miracle Marathon, Day 1: Serpentine Sackler Gallery; Courtesy the artist; Photo: Yousef Eldin