Exhibition : P.A.S.T.E. : Political Truths. 17 to 21 May

Political Truths : Justice, liberty and objective truth are still powerful illusions in a stagnant political climate where democracy no longer offers us with grand visions of the future. Our individual autonomy is secured and validated through shopping and voting, politics has become indistinguishable from consumerist culture. Where political candidates pursue voters, in an exact similar fashion to the way in which advertisers pursue customers. This deliberate set up of society filters and dictates people into either adopting the role of producer, or consumer of artistic and cultural products.

P.A.S.T.E works to erode these perquisite, limiting roles by utilising art as a method of encouraging conversations, a new creative narrative that is disparate from traditional political doublespeak. As a collective of creatives, we are at the beginning of questioning the roles of working as both artist, activist. Acts of intervention, immediate action and the importance of collaboration in an increasingly forced individualistic environment.

The only hope for a distressed world is a return to the arts of peace, an extensive awareness that will lead us to liberation

Jade Evangeline creates art which directly addresses political and social issues in the present day. At the exhibition she will presenting collages which are based around media bias and how this effects democracy and peoples view on politics in general.

Janaki Mistry explores what it means to be an ethnic minority in the UK and how this effects the view she has of herself and the culture of where her grandparents immigrated from.

Karolina Dworska has been exploring the idea of the in-between in her practice. Working with the theme of a ‘meeting place’, mistranslations and language play, as well as awkwardness which exists within the life of a Polish migrant have fuelled her current practice.

Vittoria Viela Cogorno explores sexuality and gender addressing the hyper sexualisation of feminine bodies.

Nisha Woolford explores current politics addressing the language and lies that politicians will use to justify the same wars and the same austerity again and again. She has a particular interest in labour movements and looking into the history of where she is from, Durham and how mining and unions were so important during Thatcher’s era

Tab Hawkes explores sexism within the entertainment industries using performance.

Hazel Blair explores race within her work, addressing the issues of colourism within the black community as well as anti-blackness across the world.

Chilli Power is exploring how capitalism and consumerism manifests itself through social media.

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