Olamide, 16

At the Saatchi Gallery I honestly had no clue what to expect. However, one thing that I definitely did not expect was the smell of the gallery to be so strong that it gave me a serious headache, I had to wait by the lift for a while before I could move on to the next room. I shall start with the cons before I get to the pros. It honestly didn’t make sense in my eyes that we had to pay for a booklet which explained the different art pieces, so without it we wouldn’t have understood many of the pieces that we saw. Furthermore, the language in the booklet was quite complex which limits its accessibility as it was often hard to understand.

 

However, the gallery wasn’t as bad as I am making it out to be. The pieces that were displayed were quite controversial, and I liked the controversy because it is not something that we see normally. I like different, different is good. There were definitely pieces that were eye opening. They made me think deeply about our society and what things we value more than others, how we view ourselves and our surroundings. They also questioned who we put on pedestals; the exhibition highlighted how we put celebrities on pedestals much more than the people dear to us and we forget to realise that celebrities are still human beings and that they are not Gods.

“ I like different. Different is good. There were definitely pieces that were eye-opening.”

The piece that stood out to me the most was the Vacuum Cleaner by Roman Stanczak. It made me think about how everyone is significant in this circle of life, we all leave a trail of something behind without realising it, and the person behind us also picks it up without realising it. We must be aware of what we put into the world because it will have an impact on someone else for sure, regardless of whether we think we are insignificant or not. We also are connected to one another, we consume each other’s rubbish as well as being a part of this life cycle that goes around and around and around. I see it as a warning that we must be careful of what we leave behind and what we put into the world because, although it may not always affect us, it will still eventually affect someone or something out there.