Zabludowicz Collection announces: Emotional Supply Chains, a new exhibition addressing the construction of identity in the digital age. Featuring 16 leading international artists and including six new commissions, all works are drawn from the Zabludowicz Collection and produced since the year 2000.
Exhibited artists include: Korakrit Arunanondchai (TH), Neil Beloufa (FR), David Blandy (UK), David Raymond Conroy (UK), Andrea Crespo (US), Simon Denny (NZ), Aleksandra Domanović (YU), Ed Fornieles (UK), Guan Xiao (CHN), Eloise Hawser (UK), Ann Hirsch (US), Pierre Huyghe (FR), Daniel Keller (US), Seth Price (US), Frances Stark (US), Christopher Kulendran Thomas (UK).
Through diverse aesthetic and narrative approaches, the participating artists explore how a sense of self is sourced and assembled through a supply chain of readily available constituent parts: objects, ideas and experiences that are often mediated on screen or online. In 1938 Socialist psychoanalyst Otto Fenichel proposed the theory of ‘narcissistic supply’ to describe the way individuals draw support or sustenance for their self-esteem from their environment. Our digital present seems to offer vast possibilities for such supply, and for fabricating multiple, fluid identities. However, online spaces are increasingly structured by capital and commerce, directing ‘chain-store selves’ to be replicated across a multitude of platforms, each reaffirming and circulating our tastes, preferences and networks.1 The participating artists combine elements of autobiography and anthropology to explore the tensions between happiness and anxiety, confinement and escape, and play and addiction that structure our virtual and physical interaction with others and the world around us.
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