Andres Serrano

TALK: Becky Shirwan (Collection Director, a/political)

Past Tuesday, 12 February 2019 6.30-8.00PM

Becky Shirwan is Collection Director at a/political, a not-for-profit organisation that collaborates with socio-political artists to initiate, produce and tour large-scale projects world-wide.

In 2015, a/political commissioned the artist Andres Serrano to produce Torture, the series currently on display at Stills. Shirwan was closely involved in the development of the work including the production of photographs at The Foundry, a/political’s experimental art space in Maubourguet, France. Shirwan has worked for a/political since the organisation was founded in 2013.

She will talk about the ethos of The Foundry and her role in commissioning, producing and collecting artist’s works, including the various projects she has initiated such as Santiago Sierra's Black Flag, Erik Bulatov's FORWARD and Democracia's ORDER.

Tickets £5 - Booking available here through Eventbrite




image credit: Behind the Scenes: Andres Serrano at The Foundry, 2015

Behind the Scenes - Andres Serrano at The Foundry, 2015

Curator tour: Andres Serrano - Torture

Past Tuesday, 15 January 2019 12.00PM - 1.00PM

Join us for an exhibition tour with Ben Harman, Director of Stills and curator of Andres Serrano - Torture. This exhibition features a selection of recent photographs from Andres Serrano’s ‘Torture’ series commissioned by socio-political arts organisation a/political in 2015.Read More >

Artist Talk: Andres Serrano

Past Tuesday, 4 December 2018 7.00pm

Join us for an artist talk by Andres Serrano at the Royal College of Physicians.

Between 29 November 2018 - 3 March 2019, Stills will be showing a selection of recent photographs from Serrano’s ‘Torture’ series commissioned by socio-political arts organization a/political in 2015.

This talk, which will take place in the Great Hall at the Royal College of Physicians, has been organised to accompany the show, with Serrano flying in from New York to speak in Scotland about his practice for the first time.

The talk will be followed by a book signing in the New Library.

Since the 1980's 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.

Video of this talk now available to watch below or via Youtube:



Image credit: Scold’s Bridle IV, Hever Castle, Kent, UK (Series: Torture), 2015, Andres Serrano. Courtesy of a/political and the artist.

Scold’s Bridle IV, Hever Castle, Kent, 2015, Andres Serrano
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