Saturday, January 26, 2008

Marcus Coates: "Laughing in a Foreign Language" Hayward Gallery, London, UK

Laughing in a Foreign Language

25th January - 13th April 2008

Makoto Aida (Japan)
Kutlug Ataman (Turkey)
Azorro (Poland)
Guy Ben-Ner (Israel)
John Bock (Germany)
Candice Breitz (South Africa)
Olaf Breuning (Switzerland)
Cao Fei (China)
Jake and Dinos Chapman (UK)
Marcus Coates (UK)
Harry Dodge and Stanya Khan (US)
Doug Fishbone
Ghazel (Iran)
Gimhongsok (South Korea)
Matthew Griffin (Australia)
Nina Jan Beier and Marie Jan Lund (Denmark)
Taiyo Kimura (Japan)
Peter Land
Janne Lehtinen (Finland)
Kalup Linzy
Yoshua Okon (Mexico)
Ugo Rondinone (Switzerland)
Julian Rosefeldt (Germany)
Shimabuku (Japan)
David Shrigley (UK)
Nedko Solakov (Bulgaria)
Barthélémy Toguo (Cameroon)
Roi Vaara (Finland)
Martin Walde (Austria)
Jun Yang (China)

Laughing in a Foreign Language explores the role of laughter and humour in contemporary art. In a time of increasing globalisation, this international exhibition questions if humour can only be appreciated by people with similar cultural, political or historical backgrounds and memories, or whether laughter can act as a catalyst for understanding what you are not familiar with.

Laughing in a Foreign Language investigates the whole spectrum of humour, from jokes, gags and slapstick to irony, wit and satire. The exhibition brings together more than 70 videos, photographs and interactive installation works by more than 30 artists from all around the world.

The exhibition has received support from The Austrian Cultural Forum London, The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, The Finnish Institute in London, The Japan Foundation, The Korea Foundation and Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council.