Activist Art exhibited in Conscience and Conflict Exhibition
8 November 2014, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester
The collective activist art project, Re-making Picasso’s Guernica, a textile version of Pablo Picasso’s famous painting of the bombing of a small Basque village, will be exhibited in the Conscience and Conflict:
British Artists and the Spanish Civil War exhibition at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, next month.
The forms of Picasso’s original image: a mother holding her dead baby, a wild horse, the outstretched arms of a male bomb victim, have been re-created by artists and activists in the Re-Making Picasso’s Guernica collective in fabrics and colours that suggest the contemporary relevance of this image in the twenty-first century. “There are real political and cultural correspondences between the 1930s when Picasso’s painting was exhibited and 2010s of intensive and perpetual war, economic crisis and return of fascism” stated Maude Casey, collective member.
The fabrics used to re-make Guernica present a political art practice as does the method through which the textile piece has been put together.
Hundreds of people have participated in stitching the fabrics together numerous public sewings in libraries, art galleries, social centres and community rooms in Brighton, London, Manchester and Ahmedabad, India.
The textile Guernica has also been carried as a banner against fascist march in Brighton in 2014 and held by activists demonstrating against the bombing of Gaza.
“Working collectively, sitting together cutting, tacking and stitching, has led to a great deal of sharing. A dialogue has unfolded that involves an exchange of peoples’ experiences of sewing, of art, activism, anti-fascism and aerial bombardments of civilian populations.
This important dialogue has continued through public sewings involving hundreds of people, recorded in the stitches that hold the banner together,” stated Nicola Ashmore, collective member.
Notes for editors and journalists
The Re-Making Picasso’s Guernica comprises artists and activists from Amnesty International, Brighton Anti-Fascists, Gatwick Detainee Visitors Group, Migrant English Project, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, University of Brighton and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.
Conscience and Conflict: British Artsits and the Spanish Civil War, Pallant House Gallery, opens on 8 November 2014 until 15 February 2015.
Re-making Picasso’s Guernica will be displayed in the Garden Gallery
For more information on the Re-Making Picasso’s Guernica Collective contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call Nicola Ashmore: 07890 019883