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Patrick Staff, Prince’s Chain, 2019, courtesy of the artist and Commonwealth & Council, Los Angeles.

For their newly commissioned exhibition at the Serpentine Galleries, Patrick Staff presents their most ambitious work to date: “On Venus” is a site-specific installation exploring structural violence, registers of harm and the corrosive effects of acid, blood and hormones through architectural intervention, video and print.


Through a varied and interdisciplinary body of work, Patrick Staff interrogates notions of discipline, dissent, labour and the queer identity. Drawing from a wide range of sources, Staff’s work cites the ways in which history, technology, capitalism and the law have fundamentally transformed the social constitution of our bodies today, with a particular focus on gender, debility and biopolitics.

Patrick Staff is an artist based in Los Angeles, USA, and London, UK. Their work has been presented internationally, including solo shows at Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2019); Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee (2019); MOCA, Los Angeles (2017); Spike Island, Bristol (2016); and Chisenhale Gallery, London (2015). Recent group exhibitions have included The Body Electric, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2019); Made in LA, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2018); Trigger, New Museum, New York (2015).

Patrick Staff “On Venus”
Date: November 8th 2019 – February 9th 2020
Open: 10:00 – 18:00 (Closed on Monday)
Place: Serpentine Sackler Gallery
Address: West Carriage Drive, London, W2 2AR

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