Cornelia Parker (born 1956) is one of the most outstanding artists of her generation, and this exhibition celebrates the acquisition by the Ulster Museum of her major new video work, Left Right and Centre, 2018.
Made in response to the 2017 General Election, Left Right and Centre was filmed in the chamber of the House of Commons using a drone-mounted camera and a wind machine. Newspapers are scattered throughout the chamber suggesting powerful hidden forces and the manipulation of the media during what has been described as one of the most important elections in recent history.
Parker’s work consistently challenges and subverts many of the deeply-held traditions of contemporary life. This exhibition celebrates the acquisition of Left Right and Centre by showing it alongside the Ulster Museum collection of twentieth century and contemporary art. The exhibition is divided into three sections: Early twentieth century, Post-war 1949-1970 and finally 1970 to now. Many of the artists selected have introduced a new way of looking at conventional subjects and, like Cornelia Parker, have set out to break the framework of traditional artistic representation.
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