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Brief Published: 16 Sep 2016

Protest & Activism: London Exhibition Focus

The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics, 'Revolution' 1968 by Alan Aldridge via Victoria and Albert Museum, London. © Iconic Images, Alan Aldridge

From 60s revolutions at the V&A to Guerilla Girls at the Whitechapel Gallery, a number of London’s most exciting new exhibitions have protest and activism at their heart.

  • Iain McKell’s Dark Side of Pink (at Art Bermondsey Project Space until September 30 2016) features striking images of an all-women neo-native performance tribe living in a warehouse in Tottenham, North London. Their message is about protecting the planet via recycling, with their protest costumes scavenged from local skips, streets and British beaches.
  • Activism within art is explored in Protest at Victoria Miro Gallery, which showcases both historical and contemporary works by artists concerned with the social-political issues of their day – including Wolfgang Tillmans, Doug Aitken and Alice Neel. (September 23 to November 5 2016).
  • Guerrilla Girls: Is it Even Worse in Europe? (Whitechapel Gallery, October 1 2016 to March 5 2017) is a statement piece based on European museums’ representation of artists who are female, gender non-conforming or from Africa, Asia, South Asia and South America.

For more on new activism and protest, see our Off Grid Fashion Forecast for S/S 2017, Next-Gen Activists, Youth Style Tribes Sad Girl/Boy, Indie Kid and Grunge Activist, as well as Unadvertising: Honest Marketing. Also look out for our next Macro Trend, The Currency of Dissent, publishing in October. 

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