Jake & Dinos Chapman are known for iconoclastic sculpture, prints and installations that engage with violence and politics with quite provocative and sarcastic humour. The brothers often use the distance of history to depict the horrifying effects they can have on society, like The Distasters of War in which they disturbingly collage and glitter over famous Fransisco Goya’s etchings that convey the barbarity and futility of war. However this time in dialogue with the reworked etchings Chapman brothers shock the audience with The Disasters of Everyday Life – an everyday horror of terrorism, especially for us, walking through London on a daily basis. Seven very realistic bronze suicide vests in a white gallery space are petrifying and seductive at the same time.
A friend of mine finds an interaction and posting an art-selfie with that kind of artwork somewhat disrespectful. However, as soon as an artwork is offered to the audience it starts living its “own” life, especially in our digital world. I have decided that this selfie is quite a strong way to share my perception and impression of the exhibition. In the way knowing the nature of work of Jake & Dinos Chapman were doing for decades, they probably would be the last to find it offensive.