Body Politic opens at White Cube
Opening in November in London, Antony Gormley’s new exhibition ‘Body Politic’ investigates our species’ relationship to its industrially made habitat. For Gormley, this comes at an urgent moment in time when our need for refuge is in dynamic tension with our need to roam: our fundamental migratory nature.
Across five new bodies of work, the artist sets out to test and question this flux between sanctuary and control, freedom and discipline. He does this by calling upon languages intrinsic to sculpture – silence, stillness, materiality – allowing the viewer to become more aware of their own freedoms of movement and mind. As Gormley has recently stated: ‘Each part of this show is an attempt to assess and reflect on our present condition: us now.’
Photograph: Installation view, ‘Body Politic’, White Cube Bermondsey, London, 2023. Photo © White Cube (Theo Christelis).