Animal Liberation art show stresses compassion over fashion

A cartoon pig being slaughtered on an assembly line. Quotes from philosophers about animal suffering. These are not your usual big money New York billboard campaigns. But these artists aim to raise awareness of animal rights during New York Fashion Week, which starts on August 29, by hosting a group show displayed on billboards.

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“Taking place during one of the biggest events in the annual fashion calendar, New York Fashion Week, Animal Liberation will provide a much-needed critique of the inhumane use of animal products such as fur and leather in the fashion industry,” according to a statement. published by the artists.

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New York illustrator Praxis Vgz curates the Animal Liberation art exhibition in collaboration with the art platform SaveArtSpace. A South American graphic designer, illustrator and stencil artist, Vgz started out working in Colombia in 2009. Since moving to New York City in 2014, Vgz’s work has focused on animal rights and cruelty-free business.

Three other artists will also display their animal rights-related works on billboards. Brazilian artist Camila Rosa started her career in 2010 with a female street art collective. Since then, she has graduated to working with big name clients such as Apple, Netflix and Adidas. Fashion Weekers will pass under Rosa’s artwork of frowning women holding a rabbit, a barn owl and a piglet.

British illustrator and animal rights activist Kate Louise Powell calls on famous philosophers like Jeremy Bentham to help make her point. She pairs an illustration of two apparently skinned but alive rats held in scientists’ gloved hands with Bentham’s claim: “The question is not, ‘Can they reason?’ Nor ‘Can they talk?’ But rather: ‘Do they like it?'”

The fourth artist in the Fashion Week show is British artist Philip McCulloch-Downs, a vegan activist since 2005 and animal rights artist since 2014.

The nonprofit SaveArtSpace prides itself on “putting culture above commercialism,” empowering artists from all walks of life with its message of social change. Since launching in 2015, the nonprofit has installed more than 500 artists’ works in 900 advertising spaces in the US and UK.

Images via SaveArtSpace

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