Two hundred plus well-known artists, gallerists, and curators lead by Turner Prize winners Anish Kapoor, Wolfgang Tillmans, Steve McQueen, Douglas Gordon, Mark Wallinger and Yinka Shonibare have signed their support to the “Hands Off Our Revolution” movement. Founded by artist Adam Broomberg, the group was launched in reaction to the Brexit vote, the refugee crisis, and the election of Donald Trump as President of the US.
“As artists, it is our job and our duty to reimagine and reinvent social relations threatened by right-wing populist rule”
The group is a global coalition affirming the radical nature of art. They believe that art can help counter the rising rhetoric of right-wing populism, fascism and the increasingly stark expressions of xenophobia, racism, sexism, homophobia and unapologetic intolerance.
H.O.M.R. state in an online manifesto that freedom is never granted – it is won. Justice is never given – it is exacted. Both must be fought for and protected, yet their promise has seldom been so fragile, so close to slipping from our grasp, as at this moment.
“As artists, it is our job and our duty to reimagine and reinvent social relations threatened by right-wing populist rule. It is our responsibility to stand together in solidarity. We will not go quietly. It is our role and our opportunity, using our own particular forms, private and public spaces, to engage people in thinking together and debating ideas, with clarity, openness, and resilience”; the online group released in a statement.
The project is a series of contemporary art exhibitions and actions that confront, head on, the rise of right-wing populism in the US, Europe and elsewhere. Exhibitions featuring critically engaged contemporary artists and taking place in central art institutions as well as alternative spaces, that will bring into public view statements, questions and reflections on the state we are in. To do what art has always endeavored: to help envision and shape the world in which we want to live.
Proceeds will go to arts & activist causes and building the coalition. A Practice For Everyday Life!
Alex Logsdail, Anish Kapoor, Chris Dercon, Conrad Shawcross, Cornelia Parker, Douglas Gordon, Ed Ruscha, Frances Morris, Hans Haacke, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Isaac Julien, Iwona Blazwick, Laure Prouvost, Laurie Anderson, Mark Wallinger, Olafur Eliasson, Ryan Gander Sadie Cole, Steve McQueen, Tony Oursler, William Kentridge, Wolfgang Tillmans, Yinka Shonibare