Protest art exhibition opens at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow
A PROTEST art exhibition opened in Glasgow to represent lives devastated by the climate crisis in countries around the world.
The three paintings on display at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow show faces partly obscured by black paint. They were painted by Glasgow-based artist ID Campbell and were commissioned by Christian Aid, Islamic Relief UK and Tearfund ahead of COP26, to highlight the stories of vulnerable communities on the front lines of the climate crisis.
Protest Art: a Lament in Black Paint is an exhibition that the three international development organizations hope will help amplify global voices over the coming weeks.
The exhibit will run until October 24 in Kelvingrove, then it will tour and appear in several venues around the city during COP26, including Glasgow Cathedral, St George’s Tron and Glasgow Central Mosque.
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Sally Foster-Fulton of Christian Aid Scotland said: “Each portrait is one of our global neighbors and we owe it to Joyce, Rita and Dhital and the communities they represent to ensure that their stories and experiences experienced are amplified in November. ”
Maria Zafar of Islamic Relief UK said: “These images are a vivid representation of the effects of climate change on communities around the world. ”
Campbell said, “When I paint portraits, it uplifts who that person is in people’s minds. We want the public to be curious about the real stories of those on the front lines of the climate emergency who crave climate justice. ”