Image courtesy of the Southbank Centre Words by Charlotte Foster Annette Messanger ‘The Messengers’ and Mark Wallinger curates The Russian linesman frontiers, borders and thresholds.’ Messager’s work could be described as Louise Bourgeois on Halloween. Dead birds dressed up in outfits, photos of toddlers with their eyes crossed out, toys and tights stuffed with material made to look fleshy, human but also weirdly spectral. All of these inanimate objects, however, seem to be breathing, like they have a menacing life of their own. As you walk around you are presented with soft materials. But they are horrifying.  Bits of bodies and organs attached by strands of wool, being pulled about as if by an unseen force for its own sick pleasure. All the work screams of childhood memories with dark, ritualistic undertones, questions about the place of Women in society and of Religion arise within the work. The birds seem to be sacrificed.  Messager takes all the softness from the stuffed toys and replaces it with horror. I particularly liked her photographs which she has drawn tattoos over, which were beautiful but also haunting. Mark Wallinger’s curated exhibition, upstairs, seems an academic contrast to Messager’s work. In general, an array of pieces which represent the concept of borders and boundaries, although many of the pieces are interesting just in an historical, scientific or intellectual context in their own right, for example, some Edward Muybridge work features in it along with some Bruce Nauman and Robert Hooke (a scientist). Pieces of particular interest were; the corridor piece by Monkia Sosnowska, which was an office building type corridor leading to a dead end. And, Georges Stubbs’ drawings of a Man, a Tiger and a Hen, standing, walking and moving.