Our Demonstration is an exhibition of art activism from ’68 to now curated by 6 Central St.Martins Fine Art students in the Guardian galleries, Kings Place, London. Work featured includes Regime Change Begins At Home playing cards, and the posters, Expect Us and Unfuck The World.
â€˜Art can create disturbance and protest, and protest can create artâ€™ -Martin Argles, 2012
This exhibition deals with the art of protest, the need for, as well as the effects of art in protest. The exhibition is a culmination of aÂ year of research into the relationship between art and activism withÂ an aim to demonstrate the ways they work to inform one another.
A unique collection of archival images documenting the actions ofÂ people in protest spanning from 1968 onwards are exhibited alongsideÂ works from both established and emerging artists including Bob &Â Roberta Smith, kennardphillipps, John Goldschmidt, Noel Douglas, RowanÂ Durrant, Francesca Tosarelli, James Cauty, Ben Wilson, Jamie Wagg,Â Robert Greenwood, Leah Borromeo, King Mob, Shepherd Manyika, CordeliaÂ Cembrowicz, Hanging Out Project, Come Cut, Marco Monterzino and Â Ting-Tong Chang. The artistsâ€™ works harness the energy and ideals of Â individual approaches to protest in art. In todayâ€™s current climate, it isÂ necessary to add to the very relevant discussion regarding art in protest andÂ to emphasise artâ€™s potential in actualizing change in the â€˜here and nowâ€™Â of our times.
A series of events to coincide with the exhibition:
Thursday 26th April â€“ â€˜Our Live Experiment Is Worth More Than 3,000Â Textbooksâ€™ film screening and Q&A session with film director JohnÂ Goldschmidt at The Kings Cross Social Club; 6.30pm â€“ 8pm
Thursday 3rd May â€“ â€˜Discussing The Creative Resistanceâ€™ discussionÂ panel with Dean Kenning, Noel Douglas, Leah Borromeo and ‘the vacuumÂ cleaner’ at The Hub, 126 York way; 6.30 â€“ 9.30pm
Perhaps art cannot change things, but it can change people who canÂ create change and this is Our Demonstration.