Photography Scotland’s Season of Photography:
01 September – 30 November

Torture

Andres Serrano

Stills

30 Nov 2018 - 03 Mar 2019

    Stills is pleased to announce ‘Andres Serrano - Torture’, a curated exhibition of work by artist Andres Serrano, organised in association with a/political.

    It’s easy to torture people when you have power over them – Andres Serrano

    Don't tell me it doesn't work - torture works – Donald Trump

    Since the 1980s Andres Serrano's work has sparked debate and raised questions about censorship, taste, public decency and acceptable modes of expression. In 1987 Serrano received international attention for his work 'Piss Christ', a photograph of a small plastic crucifix submerged in a tank of the artist’s urine. The work ignited a national debate on the freedom of artistic expression and the public financing of controversial artworks.

    Stills’ exhibition will feature a selection of recent photographs from Serrano’s ‘Torture’ series commissioned by socio-political arts organization a/political in 2015. Many of the works in the series were staged at The Foundry, an experimental space in the French industrial town of Maubourguet. Here, Serrano assumed the role of the torturer and under the guidance of military personnel photographed more than 40 subjects in degrading positions using devices that were produced on-site by the local residents. The subjects suffered humiliation and actual physical distress as they were shackled, submerged and forced into stress positions for extended periods of time.

    For this body of work, Serrano travelled widely, photographing prisons, immigration removal centers and concentration camps, as well as torture devices from important historical collections and tourist attractions. The compositions have been elevated to the status of Renaissance altarpieces and are among the largest images the artist has ever produced.

    Image Caption

    Dog Position II (Series: Torture), 2015, Andres Serrano. Courtesy of a/political and the artist.

    Opening Event

    29 November 6pm

    Location
    Table
    • Venue
      Stills
    • Address
      23 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, UK
    • Phone Number
      01316226200
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