Doug Aitken, "Free" 2016. High density foam, wood and mirror. Courtesy of Victoria Miro Gallery
Doug Aitken, “Free” 2016. High density foam, wood and mirror. Courtesy of Victoria Miro Gallery.

Victoria Miro Gallery
16 Wharf Road, London N1 7RW
September 23 – November 5, 2016

Victoria Miro Gallery is currently showing Protest with the charitable help and partnership of Reprive, the human rights defenders who provide free legal and investigative support. The show is in collaboration with over 15 international artists. New and recent works by Doug Aitken, Elmgreen & Dragset, Isaac Julien, Wangechi Mutu, Richard Prince and Sarah Sze will be featured. Most of these pieces would be considered an unconventional response to the rioting experience. Yes, you will see some graffiti but all most likely hidden within the foreground of the works. Splatters of paint and broken glass provoke a violent struggle while raw materials and architectural forms express a country’s culture, financial status, and current situation. Flags, mock jail cells, photographs of residents, and paintings of historical events are all examples of what you would find in the space. Glass, concrete sculptures, and pencil sketches show some of the simplicity of the artists voice. This gathering of artists is a celebration of the freedom we possess and ideas on how we can defend it.

“Protest is an exhibition of historical and contemporary works by artists concerned with the socio-political issues of their day, who question the status quo and the power structures found within societies, and who take the very language of protest as a means to explore it’s potency.”

Among the other artist’s being shown include names like:

Yayoi Kusama, Kara Walker , Jules de Balincourt, Vlassis Caniaris, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Christian Holstad, Alice Neel, Chris Ofili, Wolfgang Tillmans, and Rirkrit Tiravanija.

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