Turner prize-nominated Goshka Macuga managed to persuade the United Nations to lend her the Nelson Rockefeller-commissioned life-size tapestry of Picasso’s Guernica; she needed it to form the backdrop to one of her installations. Macuga also creates tapestries: Of What Is, That It Is; Of What Is Not, That It Is Not, Part 1 depicts a crowd of Afghans and Westerners in front of Darul Aman Palace; Plus Ultra has members of the G20 floating above a boat of African migrants trying to reach Europe for a better life; Lost Forty is part of an installation that urges greater understanding between different communities.
Hedge, issue 31, August 2014, pp58-64
Goshka Macuga, Plus Ultra, 2009
Installation view, Fare Mondi/Making Worlds, 53rd Venice Biennale
Courtesy of the artist and Kate MacGarry, London