The Disasters of Everyday Life

Twenty-five years have passed since brothers Jake and Dinos Chapman made a series of sculptures inspired by Goya’s The Disasters of War, and two-and-a-half decades later, they are still fixated by his 83 etchings of Napoleonic atrocities. Notorious for their ruminations on violence and barbarity, the duo’s debut show at Blain|Southern uses Goya’s pieces again, this time as a platform to explore the idea of visuality in the modern age. Today, you can google a beheading, stream a terrorist atrocity, and follow a Trumpian stream of tweets in realtime. How, the brothers ask in The Disasters of Everyday Life, can imagery avoid being co-opted for such ends? To explore their philosophical query, they have dramatically (and sometimes comically) reworked Goya’s prints in collage, watercolour, and shimmers of glitter.

The Disasters of Everyday Life; Blain|Southern, 4 Hanover Square, Mayfair, London W1S 1BP; @blainsouthern

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