b. 1979 UK, lives and works in London
“Did you know, there are more Porsches in Athens than anywhere in Europe?” (from a phone conversation between the artist and his father)
The Never Never was triggered by a piece of fake news. It was produced in Athens by UK artist Jeremy Hutchison and Belgian curator Evelyn Simons, in collaboration with Nova Melancholia - an Athenian performance troupe. This new body of work comprises a short film, photographic series, collage paintings, performance and sculpture.
In this work, a fake Porsche 911 is divided into eight parts and worn by Athenian performers. Like hybrids from ancient mythology, these farcical creatures emerge from the sea, navigate a series of epic landscapes before arriving at a photo studio. All this is documented by an advertising film crew, who in turn become actors in the performance. The Never Never explores contemporary myths: fake news, luxury branding, national stereotypes and global capitalism. It examines how right-wing media used ownership of Porsches to make false and xenophobic allegations about the Greek debt crisis. Indeed, the project’s title is slang for debt: it refers to the apparently never-ending number of payments on a loan.
The Never Never, 2022
Archival chromogenic print, aluminium frame
30 × 21cm
Edition of 3 + 2x AP
About the Artist
Jeremy Hutchison uses performance to disrupt systems of power. Much of his work intervenes in consumer culture, subverting the mechanisms that sustain it: the language, media and labour practices. This results in a kind of radical nonsense, plunged into the smooth logic of capitalism. In a context of planetary catastrophe, he is committed to the potential of art to intervene; to challenge dominant structures and propose alternatives to an absurd status quo.
Hutchison attended the Slade School of Fine Art (MA : Distinction), he was a fellow of the Whitney Museum Studio Program. Hutchison lectures at Goldsmith’s and London College of Communication, and is currently the director of Kunsthallo,an artist-run space.
Collections & Exhibitions
Exhibitions include the ICA, Modern Art Oxford, Fondazione Prada, EVA Biennale, Z33, Casino Luxembourg, Kunstverein Wiesbaden, Lisson Gallery, Victoria & Albert Museum, Jerwood Space, Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington, Budapest Design Biennale, British Textile Biennale, Qalandiya Biennale, Korean Cultural Centre and Southbank Centre. Residencies include Delfina Foundation, Raw Material Company, Arts Catalyst, SOMA and Hospitalfield.