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AMERICAN HISTORY REMIX

Artist Ben Turnbull shines a light on America’s conflicting history with his boundary-pushing exhibition.

This summer, we’re outside. Whether it be sailing down the Serpentine on a plastic paddleboat or living our best lives in the club, we’re making the most of it. But when we need a chill day, the first place we’re venturing to is the Saatchi Gallery for Ben Turnbull’s American History RemiX exhibition. Looking back on America’s 150-year history, the artist unashamedly shines a lens on the country’s most defining moments, from Kennedy’s assassination to Trump’s inauguration. Captured via his love for retro comics and old school action figures, Turnbull intricately tells each story poetically and delivers powerful statements on the country’s unwavering dedication to patriotism and identity.

“It’s my business to expose myths, to not accept what’s force-fed to us by the mainstream and to shatter the idealised portrayal of the American dream,” Turnbull said when discussing the exhibition. “From referencing the ‘Wizard of Oz’ connection to the Native American massacres in ‘Manifest Decimation’ to the link between the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and Timothy McVeigh’s t-shirt slogan in my most current piece, I’m repurposing kids sanitised PC comics and toys to create my hardcore version. There’s an extra layer of irony that you can add when the work dictates what medium I choose to use.”

Need a hero Ben Turnbull American History RemiX exhibition
Creepshow Ben Turnbull American History RemiX exhibition
Need a hero Ben Turnbull American History RemiX exhibition
Creepshow Ben Turnbull American History RemiX exhibition

Bringing together a body of work spanning over 15 years, the exhibition includes never seen before pieces that look at the countries uncomfortable truths dead in the eye. Using his signature “Angry Pop” style, the artist toys with various iconic films and twists them into statement pieces of art that are engraved into our memories. Continuing to push the boundaries, the artist’s ongoing exploration of America’s history and struggle is at the forefront of this exhibition, and challenges the way we perceive one of the world’s most dominant nations.

Ben Turnbull: American History RemiX will be on display from 17th June – 17th July at The Saatchi Gallery, London. For more information visit Saatchigallery.com

Made in America Ben Turnbull American History RemiX exhibition
Made in America Ben Turnbull American History RemiX exhibition
AMERICAN HISTORY REMIX

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