Anguish and Enthusiasm: Manchester’s Cornerhouse announce new exhibition focusing on aftermath of revolution

By Lucy Kenderdine

Manchester favourites Cornerhouse have announced that it will be hosting a group show of contemporary art investigating post-revolutionary periods.

Anguish and Enthusiasm will run from April 13 until August 18 and will feature a wide array of pieces by a variety of artists, each focusing on the politics, change and loss that revolution can bring.

Curated by Declan Clarke and Sarah Perks, the exhibition aims to explore the painful and divisive process of rebuilding a society following a spontaneous uprising and the problems that can result.

Mr Clarke, who is also an artist, said: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with Sarah Perks on such an exciting exhibition.

“As we struggle to find out feet in the 21st Century, it seems an appropriate time to consider the precedents of perceiving, reflecting upon and depicting societies in the midst of seismic transition.”

The exhibition, which looks at contrasting perspectives from around the world, takes its name from the third chapter of Victor Serge’s book about the aftermath of the Russian Revolution, Memoirs of a Revolutionary.

It is not the first time that Cornerhouse have engaged with political topics as it follows other critically acclaimed socio-political exhibitions in the gallery such as New Cartographies (2011) and Contemporary Art Iraq (2010).

Ms Perks, Artistic Director of Visual Arts and Film at Cornerhouse, said: “This exhibition feels like a logical climax to our commitment to investigating international socio-political concerns that I started with Contemporary Art Iraq in 2010.”

The co-curator added that it was vital to look at what happens after the revolution and hype before moving onto another conflict zone.

“I’m also really proud to commission several key international artists who all are completely engaged with the ideas and debates throughout this exhibition,” she said.

New work has been commissioned from Sarah Pierce, Andreas Bunte, Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnec and Trust Your Struggle for the project.

The exhibition will also feature work from Eoghan McTigue, Pocas Pascoal and Jun Yang and will be accompanied by a film programme and events investigating the outcome of revolution.

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