Wednesday, 26 March 2008
GIFT at Ovada
A series of new works in video, installation, painting, photography, performance, text and social intervention in Oxford and beyond by artists in The Ideas Exchange. For details of events and performances visit theideas-exchange.org and ovada.org.uk.
April 5th – May 24th
Opening – April 4th, 6 pm to 8 pm (closed Sunday/Monday)
image from Alex Buhagiar
What do we do when faced with constant and disturbing news reports of world events?
Full of admiration for their work, Alex Buhagiar contacted Amnesty International groups in Oxford and Reading, who have worked closely with her on this project, which considers personal responsibility and choice. She focuses on their on-going letter-writing campaigns, when Amnesty members write letters to heads of government and prisons across the world, ensuring that people imprisoned for peacefully expressing their views, for example, are not forgotten.
The letters arrive in sackfuls.
During GIFT, members of Amnesty sit in the gallery writing such letters of support. The completed letters mount up beside them. A video accompanies this piece. A sense of responsibility is translated into a simple action – pen to paper.
GIFT exhibition at OVADA
All welcome (closed Sunday/Monday)
OVADA gallery, 21 Gloucester Green, OX1 2AQ (01865 201 782) ovada.org.uk