Image courtesy of the Artist and Yvon Lambert Gallery

Andrés Serrano - ‘The Unbearable Lightness Of Being’

This exhibition, named after Milan Kundera’s book ‘the unbearable lightness of being’ tackles the idea of the fragility of human existence; living once, you may as well never have lived at all. Compared to the idea of ‘it must be’ if it has happened, it has happened and it happened because it ‘it must be’. You do not need any prior knowledge of this book to visit the exhibition. However, the book is an extremely good read and I would recommend it to anyone. Visiting this show- it’s almost the same feeling you get when plucking your eyebrows. The initial reaction to some of the photos makes you a little bit squeamish, you tense up a bit and curl you toes. Photos of the corpses in morgues, people wearing KKK outfits, massive photos of shit, and guns presented as phallus. But also, like plucking your eyebrows, it is necessary. All the feelings Andres Serrano’s photos are evoking are completely necessary. These photos make us think about and question faith, death, life and what it is to be human: our very own questioning of ‘unbearable lightness of being’. Although these photos are meant to document the ‘outsider’s life’ in this hyper real, almost fake looking, presentation they show us something very real and very human. For example, the guns represent the obsession of death we all have, the photos depict issues that we all think about and that we need to address. So in a way, a very deep, thought provoking exhibition, not just sensationalist. However, his Recent Shit works of just loads of shit made to look like a landscape, I felt were not as strong and did not have quite the same effect as the other pieces. The book of his earlier works; the KKK people, the photos of people in morgues and sexual taboos was a lot more cutting edge and a lot more shocking and raw than the photos in the actual exhibition. So if you go make sure you take a look at the books as well. Image: courtesy of the Artist and Yvon Lambert Gallery Yvon Lambert, 20 Hoxton Square, London N1 Exhibition continues until March 28th, For More Information go to www.yvon-lambert.com