Citizens and States

Raising awareness about urgent issues or arguing for change.

Free at the Tate Modern: Barbara Hepworth and Philip Guston – Abstraction and Society – Civil War – Lorna Simpson – Protest: Latin American Photobooks – Harun Farocki

ARTIST ROOMS: Joseph Beuys – Gülsün Karamustafa – Citizens – Bernd and Hilla Becher – Simryn Gill

“Though some artists associated modernism with a utopian vision, art has also provided a mirror to contemporary society, sometimes raising awareness about urgent issues or arguing for change. Whether through traditional media or moving images, abstraction or figuration, militancy or detached observation, all the artworks in this wing highlight aspects of the social reality in which they were made, and try to generate a reaction and convey a more or less explicit message to their publics.”

Amazingly powerful and varied work – so much to see from a blood stained flag from Mexico’s drugs wars to grassroots protesters in India.

The main Photography is by Simryn Gill