Benedict Drew: The Trickle-Down Syndrome, Whitechapel Gallery, London

7 June 2017 – 10 September 2017

A multimedia presentation across five interconnected rooms by Benedict Drew.

This new exhibition demonstrates Drew’s continuing interest in and response to global events and the current socio-political climate. He wants the viewer to be ‘overwhelmed by images’ and ‘disoriented by history, layers and layers of history’ in order to ‘generate a state of being that can escape’.

The experience is immersive and sensory, an audio-visual feast of video screens, kaleidoscopic projections, landscape drawings, sculptures and banners, as well as experimental synthesiser compositions and an audio narrative which accompanies visitors through five different rooms.

References range from Busby Berkeley’s classic Hollywood stage sets to the surrealist artist, Max Ernst, all combining to create a sense of the artist’s idea of escape ‘as a potent form of resistance, ecstatic protest’.