The Vampires’ Picnic, 1991.
photo : © Jeff Wall

The Vampires’ Picnic takes place on the edge of a forest on a site where an ­aqueduct is under construction; a family of vampires and their victims have gathered around a nude central character, a sort of antiquated figure. While Wall considers this work as a parody of those celebrated clans of television lore, this vampire family is nonetheless an ­allusion to the dysfunctional nuclear family and to the father’s place remaining vacant in current society. However, behind the pretext for humour lurks another form of vampirism: the encroachment of suburban development and its menace to nature. The artist’s preoccupations with regard to urban social and economic ­realities, as well as the history of class struggle, have again resurfaced. (Source: Réal Lussier, MACM.) Jeff Wall studied art history at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, and at the Courtauld Institute, London, UK. His work has been ­exhibited in numerous international exhibitions, including a touring solo retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, The Art Institute of Chicago, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Jeff Wall
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