In this group exhibition, seven artists take on the cultural history of the United Kingdom. In the run-up to the 2015 General Election, 'History Is Now' offers a radical new way of thinking about how we got to where we are today.
John Akomfrah, Simon Fujiwara, Roger Hiorns, Hannah Starkey, Richard Wentworth and Jane and Louise Wilson have each been invited to curate sections of the exhibition, looking at particular periods of cultural history.
Their varied and curatorial 'takes' on Britain provide new perspectives and illuminate key moments in the nation's journey from the post-war period to the present day. The artists pursue inventive ways of exploring our recent history, spanning ideas and topics as varied as the Cold War, post-Thatcherite society, protest movements, feminism, BSE, and celebrity culture. Two works from Hirst's iconic series – 'Natural History' and the spot paintigs – are on display as part of Roger Hiorns examination of the BSE epidemic.
While each section of the exhibition is distinct in both focus and style, taken together, History Is Now provokes reflection and debate on the events, people, and objects that have shaped the nation in recent decades, so informing our future decisions and directions.