Galerie Vallois
Curated by Alice Motard
2011

‘The group exhibition “The Big Society” considers the terms of the new “social contract” outlined in the recent manifesto of the British Conservative Party in light of the country’s history. To do so, it brings together ten British artists from different generations whose work addresses the relationships between citizens, communities and government by focussing on events and myths that have defined British society as we know it. Highlighting the ongoing struggle between civil and political concerns, the works in “The Big Society” suggest that society at large has scarcely relied on government or political parties to “redistribute power”, but has on the contrary empowered itself through individual and collective enterprise.’ (Galerie Vallois)