The first show of its kind on this scale, The Human Factor focuses on sculpture that explores a variety of social, political, cultural and historical concerns spanning the past 25 years. Ultimately, these artists treat the human body as a means for exploring the ways our society constructs identities, social positions and values. Incorporating references as diverse as science fiction to war monuments, the exhibition comprises uncanny images of historical and political figures including Adolf Hitler, John F Kennedy, Dick Cheney and Jesus, as well as hauntingly familiar figures and enigmatic symbols of consumer culture. Many of these works also pointedly revisit classical and archaic models of art as well as modernist sculpture and Minimalism.
Artists include: Pawel Althamer, Frank Benson, Huma Bhabha, Katharina Fritsch, Ryan Gander, Rachel Harrison, Georg Herold, Thomas Hirschhorn, Jeff Koons, Paul McCarthy, John Miller, Cady Noland, Ugo Rondinone, Yinka Shonibare, Thomas Schütte, Paloma Varga Weisz, Rebecca Warren, Andro Wekua, and Cathy Wilkes.
Southbank Centre generously acknowledges the support of Sadie Coles HQ, Edlis-Neeson Foundation, Stephen Friedman Gallery, Gladstone Gallery, Max Hetzler Gallery, Dakis Joannou, Maureen Paley, London and Ringier Collection Zürich, the Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation and the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.
The exhibition runs from 17 June until 7 September 2014.