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Art exhibition makes an attempt to go beyond the binary

by Jasmine Francis
Issue No. 2573

Melike Kara, Love Story is in the exhibition

Melike Kara, Love Story is in the exhibition (Pic: Tim Bowditch)

One of my favourite things about London is that there’s lots of creative people finding new and interesting ways to express themselves and their political views. An example of this can be found at the (X) A FANTASY exhibition at the David Roberts Art Foundation (DRAF) in Camden.

This exhibition asks a lot of questions of the viewer and particularly, when does the personal become a political statement?

It brings together over 30 artworks to explore the subversion of everyday occurrences and the transgression of boundaries between public and private spheres.

There were some really interesting and thought provoking pieces of art that challenged the way you look at the world. A lot of them focused on picking apart gender norms and questioned why we are conditioned to look at the body as well as other political themes.

There was also some art work that really wasn’t thought provoking and left the viewer wondering what it was supposed to represent, even after reading the description provided in the pamphlet.

On top of this, there wasn’t enough to get to grips with in the exhibition. It took us just ten minutes to get through the whole thing.

Let’s just say we were grateful it was free.

It’s good to see experimental art that pushes boundaries.

I wouldn’t travel to Camden especially to see it. But if you are having a cheap day out in London and want to see what modern artists are coming up with, then definitely pop in for a visit.

(X) A FANTASY at the David Roberts Art Foundation (DRAF), Symes Mews, 37 Camden High St, London, NW1 7JE. Free. On until 7 October

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Tue 26 Sep 2017, 14:25 BST
Issue No. 2573
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