‘Immoral.’ ‘Stupid.’ Two words encompass a message as direct as it is lapidary: there is no rational nor moral justification for the proliferation of nuclear armaments in today’s political landscape - if ever.

Nevertheless, the simplicity of said message acquires new dimensions due to its formal instance: the words appear, bold and overwhelming, on a piece of clothing, acting both as a mobile signboard and a commentary on fashion’s role in social commentary and transformation.

This is constitutive throughout the practice of Carla Fernández, a Mexican fashion designer whose ethic derives from the notion that ‘another fashion system is possible’ and who has worked tirelessly with her brand to create an inclusive, communal and sustainable productive environment.

Known primarily for her efforts to celebrate and preserve centuries-old textile techniques belonging to Indigenous communities and other popular collectives in Mexico, her work transcends simple notions of political posturing. Her Fashion House, managed along with partner Cristina Rangel, collaborates in the design and production processes with artisans all across Mexico, celebrating their living cultures and using the brand’s global presence to promote social justice and fair trade.

Organized by Estudio Pedro Reyes
in collaboration with ICAN

ARTISTS AGAINST THE BOMB is an exhibition of posters that call for universal nuclear disarmament. Each made by a different artist, the group comprises historical and newly
commissioned works that detail a cultural history of disarmament movements and evidence the diversity of ways in which artists have expressed the need to ban the bomb. ARTISTS AGAINST THE BOMB is designed for maximum agility and economic effectiveness, relying on a black and white palette both for its impact and ease o reproduction. We asked artists to ensure their works can exist on a variety of supports, ephemera such as posters, postcards, billboards, banners, flags, t-shirts and social media posts, as we aspire to achieve the widest possible circulation of this message.

ARTISTS AGAINST THE BOMB presents the works of foundational conceptual artists Art & Language; pop hero, Keith Haring; legendary feminists, Guerrilla Girls; performance artists Regina José Galindo and Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova, as well
as eminent sculptors Magdalena Abakanowicz and Isamu Noguchi. It also features indelible photographs by Robert Del Tredici and Ken Domon alongside protest graphics from social movements such as the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), founded in 1958 and still active; the epic Peace Squadron and Visual Artists Against Nuclear Arms (VAANA); and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). Additionally, it examines how stories are told, from the theater of Bread and Puppet to films like Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove and Marguerite Duras / Alain Resnais’ Hiroshima Mon Amour, to an unexpected survey of literature, from an early
anticipation of an atomic bomb, first envisioned by H.G. Wells in 1918, to the viscera spoken word poetry of Jayne Cortez.

ARTISTS AGAINST THE BOMB, organized by Estudio Pedro Reyes in collaboration with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), is presented on the occasion of the Second Meeting of State Parties to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) held at the United Nations in 2023.

To organize en exhibition of ARTISTS AGAINST THE BOMB please contact curatorial assistant Verana Codina.

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