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Compulsory Education spans across Chad McCail’s entire body of work from 1999 to the present revealing one consistent theme to which he has repeatedly returned: the politics of education. McCail’s work has often invited us to imagine an ideal education system. What if our education system was not geared towards relentless competition, but fostered unity between peers? He also wonders that were education not compulsory, might we be able to become our best selves?
McCail originally studied in Canterbury before training at Goldsmiths’ College alongside many of the figures who became the ‘Young British Artists’ including Damien Hirst. This marks his first exhibition in the region. Across the last 25 years he has been one of the few British artists to consistently address highly charged political ideas about who we have become – and speculative ideas about who we might yet be. McCail’s work asks what alternative ways we might organise ourselves, in order to liberate our fullest potential as human beings. He also asks how the systemic mechanisms by which we become subordinated to others are created and sustained.
McCail has exhibited around the world and has works in the permanent collections of major museums internationally, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh; and Musee d’Art Moderne, Luxembourg.
Produced in collaboration with National Gallery of Contemporary Art.
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