Gilbert & George

Thirst

1982

Medium
16 photographs, gelatin silver print on paper with dye on paper mounted onto board
Dimensions
Displayed: 2424 x 2020 x 25 mm
Acquisition
ARTIST ROOMS Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
Reference
AR00174

Display caption

‘We are driven by everything that is slightly taboo, by the forbidden.’ Sexuality is a central theme of Gilbert & George’s work, which is explored in images that are often provocative and disconcerting. Hunger and Thirst show a sexual act that is depicted in a cartoon-like, almost diagrammatic, manner. The artists have commented on these works: ‘we wanted to confront the viewers in a museum, as normally you don’t see this stuff, and make them accept it. It was done in a cartoon like way because in reality they would never have been accepted at that time’.

Gallery label, February 2010