Corbin Shaw’s new show subverts the sensationalism of British tabloids

Known for its inflammatory headlines and controversial stories, the Sun newspaper is the latest target of Shaw’s satirical work

British artist Corbin Shaw has become known for his investigations into themes such as masculinity and identity, often using textiles as his chosen medium. In his new exhibition at Jealous Gallery in London, the artist takes the sensationalism of the British press as his subject matter, and print newspapers as his medium.

Titled The People Fled When The Sun Went Down, the body of work is composed of re-contextualised headlines and imagery from the Sun newspaper, which Shaw sourced from found and stolen copies. These were shredded, recycled by hand and then used to create eye-catching prints that turn the provocative – and often inaccurate – journalism against the people who wrote it.

Inspired by the paper’s recent exploitation of public figures, citing the likes of Huw Edwards, Shaw was keen to “expose the hypocrisy of the British tabloids”, who have been leaning on sensationalised content in order to sell papers for years.

Shaw retraces this history through a life-size newsagent kiosk that will form the centrepiece of the exhibition. Here, the Sun’s most provocative headlines from previous decades will be on display, alongside confectionery and other typical newsagent’s goods – including several that Shaw made himself.

The gallery will also play host to a paper recycling workshop, where participants will be given their own copies of the Sun to shred and repurpose, following in Shaw’s footsteps.

Through doing so, the artist hopes to further engage his audience in the subject matter, allowing them to put their own spin on the material that he has worked with for this show.

The People Fled When The Sun Went Down will be on show at Jealous Gallery, London until October 7;