EXHIBITION: ANIMUS: an exhibition featuring Vegan Artists
WHEN: from 24th July to 9th September 2016
WHERE: Kabaret@Karamel, 4 Coburg Road, London N22 6UJ.
“I’m going vegan” is a phrase I have heard quite often during the past year. In fact I was vegan myself for about eight months (lost 10 kilos). Increased media attention questioning the impact of food on our health really took of in about 2009, specifically with the release of Robert Kenner’s thought-provoking and exposing film Food Inc. Today reports say more and more of the general population are becoming food-conscious and it feels like every doctor, nutritionist and trainer is championing their formula to good health. But what is really the healthiest formula for human diet and exercise? More and more people are turning to veganism, an all round way of life that considers the well being of the human body, the environment and other living species. A new London exhibition explores veganism through the eyes of seven vegan artists Sue Coe (Graphic Artist/UK & US), Jo-anne McArthur (Photographer/Canada), Roger Olmos (Illustrator/Spain), Amy Guidry (Surrealist Painter/US), Philip McCulloch Downs (Painter/UK), Matthew Maran (Photographer/UK), Dana Ellyn (painter/USA) and Jana Schirmer (Digital Artist/Germany).
Curated by Louise Wallis, ANIMUS explores vegan identity, specifically human treatment of other animals using startling, sensitive and surreal images of animals. The exhibition features world-renowned vegan artists like British graphic artist Sue Coe, considered a respected political artist whose award-winning work has been published in The New York Times, the New Yorker, and Rolling Stone; Canadian photographer Jo-Anne McArthur (subject of award-winning documentary The Ghosts in Our Machine) and Spanish illustrator Roger Olmos, whose work has drawn praise from Dame Jane Goodall, also feature prominently.
The exhibition runs at a time where raising health concerns and worsening environmental degradation has put the lives of humans and other animals at great risk. The United Nations as well as many other reputable organisations have reported the risk of depleting resources for a consistently growing human and animal population. Many find veganism to be a possible solution to curbing the damage that has been done.
“There has been huge interest in veganism and the vegan identity recently, and I think it’s important that vegan artists are given greater exposure. Animals feature heavily in their work and this show highlights the plight of those animals hidden away behind closed doors,” said curator Louise Wallis.
“There is fast growing interest in animal-centric art work – as we’ve seen with some of Banksy’s recent pieces – with Vegan Artists at the cutting edge. It’s an exciting time,” added Wallis.
In London? Visit the ANIMUS exhibition to explore this relevant and important topic through the eyes of its creative practitioners.