Elmgreen & Dragset

Social Mobility

I love the clean and simplistic sculptures of Elmgreen & Dragset.  It seems perfect for this time of year as the overindulgent Christmas season comes to an end and fresh starts are said to begin.

Even more appealing is the social and political content of their creations. They evoke more than refined aestheticism, presenting instead a critique of contemporary society.

Nothing said this more than The Welfare Show (2005), in which the viewer was encouraged to question the social and economic imbalances prevalent in the world.

Social Mobility is my favourite piece of this collection.  The broken and missing steps leading up to a closed door presents a bleak portrayal of social and economic advancement. The status quo of Western society is challenged in this is exhibit but it highlights the difficulty in overturning existing state power structures.

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