06 August 2012
“Those who believe in absurdities end up committing atrocities” [Voltaire, 1694-1778]
London - KGB-Projects presents Religionis Violenta, a sensational group show with some of the most prevalent artists from the UK and Malta, at the prestigious London West Bank Gallery in West London’s Notting Hill. The exhibition opens with a Private View and Launch Party on 6 September, 7pm with an Award Ceremony for Best-in-Show and Runner-up voted on by guests and announced on the evening.
Religionis Violenta is taken from the Latin meaning for violent religion. The concept of the show initially emerged as a spontaneous reaction to the popular catchphrase ‘Where’s your GOD now?’ and the many conflicts that occur in the name of religion in a historical context.
Expect a tantalizing experience of contemporary art that stimulates the senses not only through vision but also through sound, smell and touch!
Religionis Violenta will be showcasing artworks by 30 artists, focusing on dark humour, irony and obscenity, revealing the artists’ taste for a bittersweet use of blasphemy, a snigger at and caustic provocation, including: paintings, drawings, limited edition prints, artistic photography, inventive mixed media, sculptures and decorative art.
The gallery will be transformed into a place of irony, contemplation and judgment, with the opportunity for visitors to engage in the form of a freestanding confession booth, inviting guests to ‘confess’ for their favourite works of art on the evening of the Launch Party. A specially commissioned and unique musical script created by London-based duo Vision & the Riddle sets the mood and atmosphere of the exhibition.
The relationship between religion and HIV/AIDS is complicated and often controversial, as the Roman Catholic Church is still in serious denial about human sexuality, we therefore decided to donate part of the proceeds of the sale of the artwork to a charity called AidsArk. Religionis Violenta is supported by the following sponsors and media partners: Religion Clothing Ltd, Moncada Brewery, Rooms Art Uncovered Magazine and The Marshall Darlings Productions and is made possible with funding from the Malta Arts Fund.
PROVOKE, SHOCK AND AMEN TO THAT!
General information | London West Bank Gallery | 133-137 Westbourne Grove | London W11 2RS
Private View & Launch Party | Thursday 06 September from 7pm – 10.30pm
Open to the public | 07 – 11 September from 11am - 7pm | Free admission