Coming to Madrid in May 2007: "Neither Muscles nor Secretions"

Thursday, March 1st, 2007

Crossposted with the artist’s permission…

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From: nmns – nmns [at] nimusculosnisecreciones.com
Date: Feb 28, 2007 3:39 AM
Subject: vegan art exhibition

Hi,

I’m Veronica Ibarra, I’m writing you to tell you about a vegan art exhibition I’m co-organising.

Ni Musculos Ni secreciones (Neither Muscles nor Secretions) is an international art event happening in Madrid this May 2007.

More than 15 vegan artists from UK, US and Spain will be showing artwork for a week at an empty flat located at the heart of the city.

The idea behind this event is to promote veganism and respect for non-human animals. An art exhibition is an original way of doing vegan outreach. We will be showing art that expresses ideas of veganism and animal issues in very different ways and styles. Art can be a very effective and powerful tool and has always been used to question injustice and provoke social change.

The fact that the artists involved are vegan is also important to the project. One purpose of the exhibition is for people to start perceiving veganism as something that can be interesting to them and even exciting and not a restrictive sacrifice. We want to give out the message that people doing interesting creative and enriching things can also be vegan. Ni Musculos ni Secreciones will be the first contact that a lot of people will have with the concept of veganism, so we intend to give them a positive first impression.

We have two main target audiences: the international art community and the local people who are interested in art and/or are politically curious.

The location where it will take place is a huge space in the trendy area called Malasaña. It’s an area full of young kids hanging out, alternative cafes, bars and art spaces. We believe that people who are interested in going to shows will want to come to this one. We are going to do a lot of promotion: press release, emails, handing-out flyers, fly-posting, Fotolog, Myspace, etc. As a strategy, this event won’t be promoted as vegan activism, but simply as a cool art exhibition where all artists happen to be vegan.

At the opening night, we will have a party with free vegan food and a vegan DJ will play music.

The website will permanently showcase the art for the international community to see (http://www.nimusculosnisecreciones.com).

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DawnWatch: Elephant as art on NY Times front page and LA Times metro cover — 9/16/06

Monday, September 18th, 2006

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Sep 16, 2006 8:20 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Elephant as art on NY Times front page and LA Times metro cover 9/16/06

An exhibition that includes a painted elephant has made the front page of the New York Times and the front of the Metro section of the Los Angeles Times on Saturday, September 16. The difference in tone between the two pieces is striking. The New York Times piece, headed, “In the Land of Beautiful People, an Artist Without a Face” opens:

“As a metaphor for problems that people are uncomfortable talking about, ‘the elephant in the room’ is not the most original.

“But then, few people actually put the elephant in the room, paint it red and adorn it with gold fleurs-de-lis to match the brocade wallpaper, and then dare viewers not to talk about it.

“Banksy, perhaps Britain’s most notorious graffiti artist and public prankster, has done just that with “Barely Legal,” a new show at an industrial warehouse in Los Angeles, as part of what his spokesman says is his first large-scale exhibition in the United States.

“Such a show — complete with advance publicity, an opening party with valet parking and Hollywood glitterati, including Jude Law and his posse, and sales of numbered prints at $500 each — would seem to go against Banksy’s rebel image.

We are informed the show is supposed to draw attention to the world poverty problems nobody talks about — the elephant in the room. But nowhere in the article is there any suggestion that having an elephant in a room is a problem.

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