Katrin Plavčak The European Parliament (2018) Oil on canvas. Courtesy the Artist and Galerie Mezzanin, Geneva © VG Bild-Kunst

Katrin Plavčak The European Parliament (2018) Oil on canvas. Courtesy the Artist and Galerie Mezzanin, Geneva © VG Bild-Kunst

Exhibition Launch: Katrin Plavčak Haus der Lose / House of Lots

Wednesday 16 January 6-8.30pm/ All Welcome

Exhibition open until 6 April 2019

Democracy is in a state. This first UK solo exhibition by Vienna-based artist Katrin Plavčak comes at the start of the year that sees the United Kingdom on the verge of a dramatic break with the European Union, and will conclude during the final days – or not – of the Brexit process.

Haus der Lose / House of Lots refers to systems of democracy, practiced since ancient Athens, whereby citizens selected by lot – through random sortition, rather than by public election – actively participate in what still function in certain countries as ‘People’s Assemblies’ that are convened to resolve the major issues of the day.

For this exhibition, the artist has painted a contemporary political landscape of carnivalesque horror; a world populated by a cast of grotesquely humorous characters, including real-life politicians, ‘sci-fi’ aliens, refugees, anthropomorphic objects, maps and cartoon beasts.

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