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Death is not the end

East European art group AutopsiA bring it on home to the city of punk with their first London exhibition

The first ever London exhibition of the Eastern European art group AutopsiA is set to open at The Horse Hospital. Called AutopsiA Thanatopolis, it documents 35 years of the group’s work, which they’ve been transmitting through various media, from cassettes through posters and large scale installations to concerts staged in monumental settings.

Inspired by punk’s impact on London in the late 1970s, AutopsiA began operations in a small provincial town in the former Yugoslavia. As the group’s name implies, AutopsiA’s art “intensively examines death as a cultural force that is increasingly repressed”. With the outbreak of war in the former Yugoslavia, AutopsiA relocated to Prague, which has been their home base ever since.

Their first London exhibition is accompanied by the publication of the monograph AutopsiA Thanatopolis by Alexei Monroe, author of The Interrogation Machine about Laibach and Neue Slowenische Kunst, and co-editor of the Test Dept book Total State Machine. Monroe will be giving an introductory lecture at the book/exhibition’s launch at 7pm on 18 November. The exhibition itself runs until 26 November.