Human Conditions of Clay

Image: Shawanda Corbett, Now go around the corner and get your brother (2021), Chromogenic print. © the artist. Image courtesy of the artist, Salon 94, New York and Corvi-Mora, London

Featuring: Pio Abad, Jonathan Baldock, Oliver Beer, William Cobbing, Shawanda Corbett, Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, Ryan Gander, Antony Gormley, Nancy Herbert, Lubaina Himid, Rachel Kneebone, Lindsay Mendick, Zoë Paul, Tal R, Renee So, Francis Upritchard, and Ai Weiwei.


Human Conditions of Clay highlights different ways contemporary artists use clay to understand what it means to be human. The artists use clay to explore diverse themes including history, current affairs, human behaviour, folklore and tradition. The resulting artworks range from installation, animation, and works on paper, to sculpture, photography, and video performance.

Each of the artists manipulates and presents the raw material of clay in their unique style, with every artwork carrying a human trace and presence. Human Conditions of Clay shows us how contemporary artists use clay as a medium to understand ourselves.

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Human Conditions of Clay is curated by Deborah Smith and commissioned by Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff.

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