Oliver Schwarzwald’s ‘Hurdle’ has been selected for this years East Wing Biennal – an eighteen-month student-organised exhibition at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Initially the vision of Joshua Compston, a Courtauld student between 1989-1992, the first show opened on 27th November 1991 and exhibited the likes of Gilbert and George, Howard Hodgkin, and Damien Hirst.
This years East Wing Biennal, Artificial Realities, marks a special edition as the 25th anniversary since its inception. 31 international exhibitors, including Tracey Emin, Antony Gormley and Rachel Whiteread, have been selected by a student committee to engage with a curatorial theme that challenges and exposes “ingrained” realities through highlighting the dynamic relationship between the real and the virtual.
Over the years themes such as the transitory nature of art, and the struggle of inner and outer self have been explored through a whole host of media crammed into the labyrinthine layout of the building.
The committee is headed by Poppy Field and Rebecca Anthony. Artificial Realities is curated by Poppy Field, Rebecca Anthony, Clara Krzentowski, Elvira Valdes and Jonathan Chaplow-Hanson.
Exhibitors: Clive Barker, Chris Kenny, Amina Benbouchta, Gabriel Kuri, Anastasia Brozler, Leon Krige, Daniel Buren, Emmanuelle Leblanc, Alan Chandler, Samuel Levack and Jennifer Lewandowski, Edmund du Waal, Marco Maggi, Tracey Emin, Pau Marinello, Falcone, Gordon Matta-Clark, Raf Fellner and Tegen Williams, Filippo Minelli, Adrian Fisk, Irene Montemurro, Megan Geckler, Laure Prouvost, Samuel Gough-Yates, Gilles Retsin, Antony Gormley, Oliver Schwarzwald, Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva, Paula Subercaseaux, Jacob Hashimoto, Ignacio Valdes, Paul Hawdon, Yonatan Vinitsky, Jenny Holdzer, Rebecca Ward, Jim Lambie, Rachel Whiteread.