Annabel McCourt: Electric Fence

Artist Annabel McCourt touching the Electric FenceAnnabel McCourt - Electric Fence at 20-21 Visual Arts CentreElectric Fence, Annabel McCourt, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre


7 October to 27 January 2018

Hate crime is an ominous, prevailing presence in contemporary society. Borders, barriers and warning signs have come to be a part of our everyday life. Still, are we being kept out, or is something being kept in?

Originally commissioned for Hull City of Culture 2017, 20-21 is excited to present Annabel McCourt’s bold, visceral installation Electric Fence. Created in collaboration with interactive audio and technology specialists Interact and Connect, this thought-provoking and confrontational piece encourages viewers to examine the perceptions, challenges and preconceptions that impact us all in modern life, and compels us to turn to face them. Inspired by homophobic hate speech and resonating with Donald Trump’s ‘wall’, Electric Fence is grim yet unforgettable, and provides a macabre and powerful reminder of our own wicked potential.

What our visitors said:

“Thought-provoking and disturbing. A powerful exhibition.” – Carolyn

“Enjoyed the electric fence- didn’t disappoint.” – Amelia

“Unsettling product of genius.” – Gordon

Images courtesy of Hull UK City of Culture 2017.