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South London Gallery

Exhibition Detail
Pursuit of Perfection: The Politics of Sport
65 Peckham Road
London SE5 8UH
United Kingdom

July 27th, 2012 - September 14th, 2012
July 26th, 2012 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Triumph, Aleksandra MirAleksandra Mir, Triumph,
2009, 2,529 trophies
© Image courtesy the artist
Caryatid, Paul PfeifferPaul Pfeiffer, Caryatid, 2008
© Courtesy the artist and Thomas Dane Gallery, London
Ariel Orozco, Perro BalonPerro Balon, Ariel Orozco,
2003, Fuji Crystal Chromogenic Archival C-Print
© courtesy the artist and Selma Feriani Gallery, London
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020 7703 6120
Tu,Thu-Sun 11-6; Wed and last Friday of the month, 11-9
sculpture, video-art, installation, photography
Admission free

Pursuit of Perfection: The Politics of Sport brings together art works which, in different ways and to varying degrees of seriousness or wit, play on some of the issues raised by sport, the politics surrounding it and its representation in the media. Aleksandra Mir’s spectacular installation Triumph, 2009, comprises 2,529 trophies; a sound piece by Janice Kerbel presents a specially scripted baseball commentary; and works by Roderick Buchanan, Lucy Gunning, Jonathan Monk, Ariel Orozco and Paul Pfeiffer take football as their subject. In Southwark Old Town Hall, John Gerrard’s Exercise (Djibouti) 2012 uses digital technologies to explore aspects of sport, spectacle, military exercise and power. In stark contrast, Michel Auder’s low-tech video collage of clips from TV coverage of the 1984 LA Olympics focuses on the human body, eroticised and mechanised in its pursuit of perfection.

Exercise (Djibouti) 2012 is commissioned by the Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art, Oxford University Sport and Modern Art Oxford. Principal Exhibition Supporter: Audiomotion


With thanks to Thomas Dane Gallery, London, Matt's Gallery, London and Lisson Gallery, London.

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