Venice Biennale Highlight #4: United Dead Nations

Appropriately for a building that still bears the name of a country that no longer exists, carved in stone above the entrance, the Serbian Pavilion (formerly that of Yugoslavia) at the 2015 Venice Biennale hosts a powerful comment on the fluidity and vulnerability of nationhood. Artist Ivan Grubanov collected the flags of countries that have ceased to exist to create United Dead Nations. In the … Continue reading Venice Biennale Highlight #4: United Dead Nations

Recommended: Orford Ness National Nature Reserve

As part of Jane and Louise Wilson’s curated room in History Is Now at the Hayward Gallery – ESPIONART’s current Exhibition of the Month – a black-and-white yardstick is placed alongside a large photograph of the interior of a dilapidated building. These objects form part of the artist duo’s recent commission by the National Trust to create a response to the “bizarre uniqueness” of Orford Ness … Continue reading Recommended: Orford Ness National Nature Reserve

Exhibition of the Month: History Is Now

The Hayward Gallery’s new exhibition was already causing a media stir before it opened when a Cold War era guided missile was craned onto the roof on London’s South Bank. The weapon is part of artist Richard Wentworth’s contribution to History Is Now, an exhibition that sees 7 leading UK artists curate a room giving their own take on the last 70 years of British cultural … Continue reading Exhibition of the Month: History Is Now

Painting the Tet Offensive

The Tet Offensive was a defining moment in the Vietnam War. The series of surprise attacks were launched by the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese People’s Army against South Vietnam and their allies on 30 January 1968. During one of the largest military campaigns of the war, more than 80,000 soldiers attacked targets in over 100 towns and cities across Vietnam. Although the operation eventually … Continue reading Painting the Tet Offensive