Saatchi Gallery opens blockbuster “Black Mirror” exhibition

Saatchi Gallery presents BLACK MIRROR: ART AS SOCIAL SATIRE, a major new exhibition featuring the work of 26 contemporary artists, opening 28th September 2018 – 13th January 2019.

Black Mirror explores art’s role in social satire, and how political uncertainty has influenced art of recent years.

Using media such as collage, caricatures, photography and installation, the exhibition shows how satire can provide both light relief as well as unsettling commentary on the tumultuous, divisive climate of modern-day politics.

Black Mirror features some of the world’s most exciting contemporary artists making work about the world we live in, exposing anxieties our modern obsessions create. Artists featured include Turner prize nominee Richard Billingham, whose photography series of his parents Ray’s A Laugh pioneered “squalid realism” as he confronted the art world with the reality of poverty; Polish artist Aleksandra Mir who parodies newspapers by crudely drawing them with childlike tools – bringing new meaning to “fake news”; and Chilean sculptor Alejandra Prieto, who transforms rejected lumps of coal into a beautiful, desirable object of opulence, confronting class disparity and the commodification of luxury over function.

At a time of collective unease, Black Mirror emphasises the importance of art and satire in dissecting power structures, questioning societal norms, and visualising political unrest, providing light relief to life’s uncertainties.

The Saatchi Gallery was founded in 1985 with the aim of bringing contemporary art to as wide an audience as possible by providing an innovative platform for emerging artists to show their work. Over the last five years the Saatchi Gallery has hosted ten out of the top 15 most visited exhibitions in London, according to The Art Newspaper’s survey of international museum attendance, and also has more followers on social media than any other museum in the world. Entry to all the Saatchi Gallery’s exhibitions is free.

Exhibiting artists:

Simon Bedwell

Richard Billingham 

Steve Bishop

Clayton Brothers 

Michael Cline

Jessica Craig-Martin 

Justin Craun

Aaron Fowler 

Gao Brothers 

David Herbert 

Valerie Hegarty 

James Howard 

Des Hughes 

Scott King 

Douglas Kolk 

Wendy Mayer 

Dominic McGill 

Aleksandra Mir 

Alejandra Prieto

Ben Schumacher 

Anne Speier 

Roman Stańczak 

John Stezaker 

Jade Townsend 

Marianne Vitale 

Bedwyr Williams

Photo credit: Alejandra Prieto, Coal Mirror, 2011, Coal, 300 x 185 x 15 cm

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