The heart is deceitful above all things – HOME

HOME is delighted to present the contemporary group exhibition the heart is deceitful above all things, the first in a year of visual art exhibitions, projects and publications exploring the theme of Transactions of Desire. What is passion, what is ambition and what motivates our desires and manipulates our relationships? Is tech-driven matchmaking steering us to insanity; is passion the result of financial not biological gain; is ambition simply the result of calculated actions based on economics and science?

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” Jeremiah 17:9

Ödön von Horváth’s play Kasimir and Karoline is our inspiration for this new group exhibition exploring heartache, breaking up, disenchantment and the dark side of the funfair.

The title is an evocation of feelings of love and loss in uncertain times. What drives the actions of Kasimir and Karoline? And what are the parallels between their world, that of The Funfair and where we are today? A mixture of new commissions and existing art works respond to this provocative statement that cuts across history, society, psychology and also presents itself as a very contemporary conundrum.

The heart is deceitful above all things will include new work from artists including Jeremy Bailey, Declan Clarke, Basim Magdy (commission produced by Art in General in collaboration with HOME) and Jessey Tsang and features existing work from Douglas Coupland, Irina Gheorghe and Wu Tsang with Alexandro Segade amongst others.

A related programme of artist film will include new work by Phil Collins, Stanya Kahn and Rosa Barba. Magda Archer will open HOME Projects, responding to the themes in our opening exhibition.

Artwork: Douglas Coupland.


HOME – Tony Wilson Place 2, Manchester
22 May – 26 July 2015