Splendid Isolation looks at how artists create (or created) work during periods of isolation. Self-imposed isolation can be an advantage or even a necessary condition for the practice of certain artists, but for many it is a condition determined by geographical, political or biological factors. Whatever the cause of their seclusion, numerous artists use the situation to make work, whether out of necessity, as an exit strategy, an indictment, or as a testimony. Splendid Isolation brings together a range of stories and ensembles by international artists who either work, or have worked, in isolation.
With art works by Adrien Vescovi, Asim Abu Shakra, Danny Bergeman, David Byrd, Derek Jarman, Dom Sylvester Houédard, Eugenio Dittborn, Forrest Bess, Frank Walter, Hélène Amouzou, Hervé Yamguen, Hessie, Irma Blank, Judith Scott, Luciano Perna, Majd Abdel Hamid, Louise Bourgeois, Nalini Malani, Salam Atta Sabri, Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe, Shuvinai Ashoona and Zehra Doğan.