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Knock Knock: Humour in contemporary art


South London Gallery; Joyce Pensato,  Black and White Mickey , 2018

South London Gallery; Joyce Pensato, Black and White Mickey, 2018

KNOCK KNOCK is a FREE exhibition taking place at South London Gallery. It explores the enduring use of humour as a device in contemporary art. Featuring works by more than thirty artists, the show spans the SLG’s main space and three floors of its new annexe in the former Peckham Road Fire Station.

Curated by SLG Director, Margot Heller, with artist Ryan Gander, KNOCK KNOCK brings works by internationally established figures such as Maurizio Cattelan, Sarah Lucas and Ugo Rondinone into dialogue with newly commissioned and existing works by younger practitioners such as Danielle Dean, Hardeep Pandhal and Simeon Barclay. The show provides a surprising encounter with
a broad range of humorous strategies, from slapstick, parody and caricature through to the in-joke, one-liner and visual pun.

At a time of much upheaval and unease in the world, KNOCK KNOCK aims to raise a smile at a joyous moment in the history of the SLG, but also to explore what makes us laugh in art and why.

South London Gallery, 65-67 Peckham Rd, London, SE5 8UH