UK: Guerrilla Girls, Tracey Emin, Stella Vine and Alison Lapper in new contemporary art exhibition for Amnesty International
Posted: 06 December 2005
Imagine a Worldá a new exhibition at Bargehouse on London's South Bank, presents work by young and established artists including New York's Guerrilla Girls, Tracey Emin, Alison Lapper, Marc Quinn, Grayson Perry, Martha Rosler and Stella Vine as part of Amnesty International's work to stop violence against women.
The exhibition - featuring film, sculpture, photography, painting, performance and interactive work - opened on Friday 25 November and admission is free.
Imagine a World... aims to make people think how violence against women impacts on their own lives. Research from Amnesty International reveals that many people feel it is 'not their problem' and not an issue that they should engage with.
Visitors themselves will be asked to Imagine a World without violence against women, and their responses will form part of the exhibition.
Former Yazoo and Erasure star Vince Clarke and Heaven 17s' Martyn Ware aka Illustrious co. have created a unique sound installation especially for the exhibition.
The musicians have been asking members of the public to leave their thoughts on a special phone line, which will be transformed into a three-dimensional sound field for the exhibition.
Elsewhere, live artist Marcia Farquhar will perform in her "Cabinet of Horribly Violent Glove Puppetsâ€?, an alternative life-size version of the traditional Punch and Judy show.
From the USA come The Guerrilla Girls who, dressed in gorilla masks, have been fighting discrimination with facts, humour and fake fur since 1985.
Re-inventing the "Fâ€? word - Feminism - they will present a series of billboard-sized posters that humorously expose sexism in politics, the artworld and culture at large, and will make appearances at the venue in 'jungle drag'.
On a more serene note, Shane Waltener's "knitting circleâ€? will invite visitors to the exhibition to sit down and knit for a while and converse with fellow knitters against a backdrop of thousands of sugar-craft (icing sugar) flowers applied directly to the walls of the gallery.
Former Turner Prize winner, Grayson Perry's signature ceramic pot depicts scenes of women at a cocktail party.
And Martha Rosler is showing her seminal work The Semiotics of the Kitchen, in which she humorously parodies a housewife's routine with disturbing effect, exposing repressed rage and frustration.
Amnesty International UK Director Kate Allen said:
"We are delighted by the response from artists and members of the public who have been invited to participate in Imagine a World...
"We want people who'd never normally think about violence against women to imagine how it impacts on their everyday lives. Hopefully people who come along to the Bargehouse will not only see some fabulous art, but will also stop and think about the issue.â€?
Other featured artists include:
The exhibition is part of Amnesty International's Protect The Human initiative.
Over the coming months, through art, music, film, TV and comedy and using letters, emails, postcards, photos and texts, Amnesty will equip the nation with simple and surprising ways to stand up for humanity and human rights. The aim is to get one million more supporters.
Kate Allen added:
"It's never been more important to stand up for human rights. Protect the Human is all about making human rights more accessible, and the Imagine a World... exhibition is a great way to engage the art-loving public with our message.â€?
The exhibition is at the Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank, London SE1 9PH and is open from 11-6pm from 25 November to 11 December. Nearest tubes Blackfriars, Embankment, Southwark and Waterloo. Admission is free.
Imagine a World... is an UP Projects production curated by Emma Underhill.