Immersing the main hall of the Swiss Church in thousands of prints, Biblioclasm highlights the contribution that print has, and has had, on movements of social, theological, and political concern. The installation takes as its source the Elizabethan tragedy ‘Doctor Faustus’, penned by Christopher Marlowe at the end of the 16th century. First performed between 1588 and 1593, the play describes the exploits of the titular character, Dr J. Faust, a fabled scholar who is highly successful yet dissatisfied with his life. In Marlowe’s drama he makes a pact with the Devil, exchanging his soul for unlimited knowledge and worldly pleasures.
The exhibition is part of Being and Appearing; a programme of contemporary art curated for the Swiss Church in London by Kirsty White.