Join us for the preview of Safe, a major group exhibition inspired by Todd Haynes’ film of the same name. Haynes’ influential and understated masterpiece is the starting point for a series of new commissions in moving image, sculpture, print, writing and performance from Claire Makhlouf Carter, Chris Paul Daniels, Yoshua Okon, 2014 Turner Prize nominee James Richards and Camilla Wills, which you find here alongside existing work by Michael Dean, Sunil Gupta, Laura Morrison and Jala Wahid.
The film stars Julianne Moore as Carol White, a 1980s Californian housewife who becomes allergic to her carefully controlled personal environment. It can be read as a reflection on environmental issues, sexual politics, the AIDS epidemic and suburban disillusionment. White appears trapped, either incapable or unwilling to reconcile the psychological and the physical.
Safe is one of a series of exhibitions coming up at HOME that takes a classic or influential film as inspiration. Alongside the exhibition we will be publishing a new book, Transactions of Desire: Are you allergic to the 21st century?, featuring responses by artists and writers to the languages of self-help and the film Safe.