Adrián Villar Rojas: Today We Reboot The Planet

Serpentine Gallery, London, 28 September – 10 November

By Denise Kwan

A sense of devastation lingers at the entrance of Adrián Villar Rojas’s exhibition, as a life-sized elephant appears to be struggling under the weight of a large beam. Entirely crafted from unfired clay, the surface of the animal is jagged and rough yet distinctively fleshy. Helpless in its fossilised glory, a sagging trunk hangs limp between its front legs. As this is the inaugural exhibition at the Serpentine’s new Sackler Gallery, it seems ironic that it should begin with a…

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