Jesse Darling explores identity through gender, sexuality, disability, love and companionship. The sculptures, drawings and objects reflect the vulnerability of the human body and express the desire to resist the constraints imposed on our lives by social and political forces.
Creating sculptures from the cabinets that are used to exhibit artworks, Darling subverts the conventions of museum display. Their approach questions how we perceive objects, and how meaning and value are assigned through the authority of institutions.
Jesse Darling is an artist who lives and works in Berlin and London. Recent projects include solo exhibitions Support Level, Chapter, New York (2018), Armes Blanches: History is Other People, Galerie Sultana, Paris (2017) and The Great Near, Arcadia Missa, London (2016), and commissions from Volksbühne, Berlin (2018), MoMA, Warsaw (2014–16) and the Serpentine Gallery, London (2015). Jesse Darling has published texts in print and online including The Best British Poetry (Salt Publishing, 2015), Mass Effect: Art and the Internet in the 21st Century (MIT Press, 2015) and Art After the Internet (Cornerhouse Books, 2014).
Kwai Lau has been working as a Senior Art Handling Technician at Tate Britain for the past 19 years. Her role involves taking care of the implementation of all projects at the Tate Britain site. Some of Kwai most rewarding projects have entailed working in depth with living artists, supporting them and bringing their artistic vision into realisation, including the Art Now display with Jesse Darling.