Modern architecture is often associated with the horror genre. In fiction and film, high-rise towers and concrete buildings form the backdrop to terrifying stories of dystopias. Ikon presents new and recent work by 20 UK and international contemporary artists exploring the relationship between the aesthetics of architectural modernism and horror.
The exhibition takes Birmingham as its starting point, a city renowned for its brutalist architecture. It considers how these artists unpack the often-contested legacies of modernist buildings through the lens of horror by linking its tropes (suspense, darkness) with qualities of modernist design. Configured in dialogue with the architecture of Ikon’s galleries, it will take viewers on a journey that highlights how the design and features of a building can shape not only our movement and perception, but also our deepest fears.
Artists include: Laëtitia Badaut Hausmann, Simon & Tom Bloor, Ruth Claxton, Shezad Dawood, Ola Hassanain, Richard Hughes, Karim Kal, Kihlberg & Henry, Firenze Lai, Diego Marcon, Ismael Monticelli, NT, Ho Tzu Nyen, Amba Sayal-Bennett, Seher Shah, Monika Sosnowska, Maria Taniguchi, Abbas Zahedi.
This exhibition is supported by Fluxus Art Projects and the Embassy of the Netherlands.
The research and realization of Ismael Monticelli’s project was supported by Conexão Cultura DF Grant, Federal District Culture Support Fund, Brazil.
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