Exhibit A (art exhibition)
Theme and content
The eight artists whose work was showcased were selected by curator Henry Bond for their ongoing interest in the exhibition's key theme: art exploring perceptions of evidential fact particularly in the context of the crime scene. The art historian Ian Jeffrey wrote,
It is the opposite, Exhibit A, to a sensational exhibition, and crystallises a turning in the art world away from the egotistical mode towards impersonality. The egotistical, it admits, is a delusion ... its premises are anonymous, fluent, vertiginous, wary of values. Anything else would emerge as a cliché ... it is, in fact, a properly phenomenological exhibition, one which refuses to differentiate between subject and object, between perception and the moments and occasions of perception.
One of the works on view was a slide-installation, shown in a darkened room, by artist Mat Collishaw, which presented the viewer with a rapid-fire sequence of stills of Jodie Foster dancing as she appeared in the "rape scene", in Jonathan Kaplan's 1988 movie The Accused.
- Andrea Schlieker, "Preface." In Bond and Schlieker (ed.) Exhibit A (London, Serpentine Gallery, 1992), p. 8.
- Ian Jeffrey, "Exhibit A and the Everyday." In Henry Bond and Andrea Schlieker (ed.) Exhibit A (London: Serpentine Gallery, 1992).
- Kate Bush, “Exhibit A,” Art Monthly, June 1992, p.15-16.