- 31 Mar 2022 - 31 Jul 2022
- Editors’ Pick
Steve McQueen “Sunshine State”
Lauded as one of the most important contemporary artists and filmmakers, Steve McQueen has had a major influence on the way film is used and exhibited. Taking a radical look at the human condition, its dramas and fragility, McQueen’s touching and thought-provoking work asks important questions about urgent issues, such as the construction of identity, belonging, and the right to freedom.
In a career spanning over 25 years, Steve McQueen has created some of the most significant works in the visual arts, using moving image as a sculptural form that moves in space and time. In 1999 he won the prestigious Turner Prize and has also directed four feature films: Widows (2018), 12 Years a Slave (2013), for which he won the Oscar for Best Picture, Shame (2010), and Hunger (2008), which earned him the Caméra d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2020 he also created Small Axe, his first five-episode mini-series and, most recently, a series of documentaries for the BBC, Uprising (2021), Black Power: A British Story of Resistance (2021) and Subnormal: A British Scandal (2021).
“Sunshine State” is curated by Vicente Todolí and organized in collaboration with Tate Modern, London, where the artist had presented a first version, titled “Steve McQueen,” from 13 February to 6 September 2020. For Pirelli HangarBicocca, McQueen has conceived a site-specific exhibition project and a new selection of works that unfolds in the Navate and Cubo spaces, and on the exterior of the building. Through a non-chronological layout, the exhibition aims to offer a survey of Steve McQueen’s career in the visual arts, highlighting the evolution of his practice over the last two decades. Taken together, the six film/video works presented here form a visual narrative, revealing the artist’s radical take on reality and offering an opportunity to imagine new readings of McQueen’s work.