A national government should have a few imperatives, focused on economic prosperity, defence and security, health, education, housing and caring for the disadvantaged, along with investing in the infrastructure necessary for the future prosperity of the country. It is a sad reflection on politicians that we should need to remind them of this – and excessive egos should not be part of the equation.
The reality appears to be somewhat different, resulting in a dysfunctional society which politicians ignore and, all to often, seem to have no empathy with. Ideas of a bridge to Ireland do not help the homeless men and women living underneath the arches of Charing Cross Station.
So, yet again, it is down to artists to challenge what no-one else has the courage to do and this is what Saatchi’s new exhibition ‘Black Mirror’ brings to the environment of Chelsea and Sloane Square.
26 international artists show a wide variety of work which is challenging and reflects the mad world in which we live where, for example the care of pets can be more important than that of the disturbed and distressed homeless people hiding in dark doorways in the streets around the gallery or the more affluent taking drugs and alcohol in the nightclubs and bars nearby.
The main exhibition is complimented by others in the Gallery including ‘Forests and Spirits’ showing work from the Khartoum School which was influential in the development of contemporary art in Africa and has an interesting synergy with art in countries such as Cuba around the same time.