Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard

29 November 2011
Anyone Else Isn't You

South London Gallery

Best known for its temporary exhibition programme, South London Gallery (SLG) has a small and important collection of contemporary art that has been acquired predominently through the exhibition programme. Works include those by Christian Boltanski, Tracey Emin, Goshka Macuga, Gavin Turk and Keith Tyson.

Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard began working collaboratively at Goldsmiths in 1995. Anyone else isn’t you was purchased from their solo exhibition at SLG in 2011. For the work the artists invited 14 young people to talk directly to camera, one by one, about their favourite ‘mixtapes’. In this way they are indirectly coaxed into a confessional mode, talking candidly about love and loss, and the indelible links between music, love and memory.

SLG runs an extensive and award winning education programme. The young people who participate in this programme become part of SLG and the collection in effect becomes a collection that also belongs to them. It is a permanent group of works that can be returned to again and again, existing alongside the continually changing exhibition programme. Anyone else isn’t you makes an excellent addition, not only because it is a significant work by Forsyth and Pollard, but also because it resonates across class and generation; linking us all to memories of early love and the time spent sharing the music that we identify with.

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