Art is meant to be political right? It’s always been those statement artworks though out history that enthral and engage audiences on a timeless scale. Look at Diego Rivera’s attack on religion with his atheist mural ‘Dreams of a Sunday in the Alameda’ where the Mexican lawyer Ignacio Ramírez is depicted holding a sign which read, "God does not exist". This work caused serious tensions especially when Rivera refused to remove the inscription.
And what about contemporary graffiti artist Banksy? His derogatory statements about our modern day socio-cultural existence have certainly stirred the waters a bit and gotten him a fair bit of attention despite his supposed anonymity too actually.
So when Russia passed a law banning homosexual propaganda and making it illegal to even talk about homosexuality a collective of artists grouped together to create a collection of GAY artworks with political and humanist agendas for all the world to see. (How I love the internet!)
These artworks will be exhibited at Shoreditch Village Hall on the 20th May and auctioned off to raise funds for Stonewall who work for LGBT equality in Russia. Here are some of my favourites which will be on show… #HomoPromo