Images of Power, Seen Fifteen Gallery
2 – 11 September 2016.
Curated to mark a momentous year in politics, from the United Kingdom abandoning the European Union, to the nomination of a reality television star for United States President, Images of Power examines the carefully curated images which politicians attempt to broadcast of themselves, and the ways that artists appropriate and subvert them. Featuring: Christopher Anderson’s Stump, a series capturing ruthless candid portraits of prominent US politicians and their supporters on the 2012 presidential campaign trail. Daniel Mayrit’s You Haven’t Seen Their Faces, employing an aesthetic normally reserved for wanted criminals to draw attention to the one hundred most powerful people in the City of London. Mark Duffy’s Vote No.1, documenting the unintentionally bizarre juxtapositions found in the electoral posters which litter the Irish landscape at election time. Hans Poel’s Petting Politics, illustrating the crass photo opportunities and manipulative use of children and animals by politicians desperate to win votes.