The Coral Reef

Hailed as a “modern masterpiece“, Mike Nelson’s The Coral Reef is a very tangible exploration of how sociopolitical ideology  can create confusion, disorientation, even trauma.

The piece – currently on display at Tate Britain – comprises of a maze of rooms, each filled with derelict remnants of a popular culture, religion, or movement.  As the title may suggest, it is a collection of complex and fragile ideas layered together to present something that is both overwhelming and futile.

In Nelson’s own words, he wants the spectator to feel ‘lost in a world of lost people’.


The Coral Reef is free to visit at Tate Britain in Pimlico.  


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