Focal Point Gallery

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Focal Point Gallery specialises in photography and media arts. We aim to provide an enjoyable and stimulating programme, creating opportunities to experience the best contemporary art in these fields.

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Opening hours

Mon-Fri 0900-1900
Sat 0900-1700

Closed: Sundays, Bank Holidays

Admission charges


Collection details

Fine Art, Photography

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Duh? Art & Stupidity

  • 10 November 2015 — 26 March 2016

‘Duh? Art & Stupidity’ is a group exhibition featuring existing and previously unseen works by around thirty artists, including Tariq Alvi, BANK, Bonnie Camplin, Judith Hopf, Larry Johnson, Erik van Lieshout, Lily van der Stokker, Annika Ström and Andy Warhol.

The exhibition looks at stupidity as a subject and a tactic of art making, with a particular focus on its relationship to the politics and performance of identity. High culture is meant to keep its audience from being stupid, but artists have repeatedly drawn upon stupidity, or playing stupid, as a form of dissidence, irreverence or as a means to cast off received thinking.

To work from a position of stupidity would appear to be a good way to counter knowingness and intellectual superiority, but how can artists adopt stupidity as a strategy without turning it into cleverness? Even if you don't play stupid, how do you write about stupidity without declaring yourself to be smart? If there are forms of intellectualism that, through being inflexible and unresponsive, appear stupid, then what exactly is stupidity anyway?

Suitable for

  • Any age


Focal Point Gallery
Southend Central Library
Victoria Avenue





01702 534108


01702 469241

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