1 JUNE — 7 JULY 2019

Picnic is delighted to announce Thirsty by Naomi Fitzsimmons, a new video installation exploring the surprisingly complex meanings that surround water.

Fitzsimmons is particularly interested in water: even though it can seem so basic – sweat, tears, thirst, rain – it’s extremely significant and powerful. Water can be emotional, it can be political, and, being made into a product it can become commercial.

The concept of water can also reach so much further than just the material. We often find ourselves using the language of thirst when we talk about our desires. And, advertising can manipulate us by telling us what to be ‘thirsty’ for.

Fitzsimmons uses found footage, adverts and song lyrics to highlight the absurdity of turning water into a commodity or a political tool.

Thirsty is curated by Georgia Stephenson with the support of the Picnic team.

Naomi Fitzsimmons is a multi-disciplinary artist who lives and works in London.