Alien Nation

17 Nov 2006 – 14 Jan 2007

Regular hours

12:00 – 23:00
12:00 – 23:00
12:00 – 23:00
16:00 – 23:00
16:00 – 23:00
16:00 – 23:00

Cost of entry

Admission price covers entry to exhibitions, café and bar. Mon-Fri: £2/£1.50 concs Sat-Sun £3/£2 concs

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ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts)

London, United Kingdom


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  • Piccadilly Circus/Charing Cross
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Featuring Laylah Ali, Hamad Butt, Ellen Gallagher & Edgar Cleijne, David Huffman, Hew Locke, Marepe, Henna Nadeem, Kori Newkirk, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Eric Wesley and Mario Ybarra Jr.
The first project of its kind, Alien Nation is a timely, ambitious and thought-provoking exhibition co-produced by the ICA and the Institute of International Visual Arts (inIVA) that explores the complex relationship between science fiction, race and contemporary art.
In sci-fi cinema of the 1950s and '60s, Cold War fears of invasion, communism and nuclear war were played out in films that projected the anxieties of the present onto the future. In recent years many artists have similarly used science fiction and extra-terrestrial forms to explore racial difference and as a potent metaphor for the threat of the outsider.


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