Disnovation's poster is part of their latest publication A Bestiary of the Anthro-pocene, an illustrated compilation of hybrid creatures of our time, equally inspired by medieval bestiaries and observations of our damaged planet. Each of these specimens are symptomatic of the rapidly transforming ‘post-natural’ era we live in. Often without us even noticing them, these creatures exponentially spread and coexist with us.

The radioactive mushrooms depicted refer to several species of fungi that have absorbed high-level amounts of radiocesium (a radioactive isotope of cesium, one of the most common products formed by the nuclear fission of uranium–235 and other fissionable isotopes in nuclear reactors and nuclear weapons) commonly found at the areas that surround Chernobyl and Fukushima’s Nuclear Plant or resulting from the global radioactive fallout from nuclear weapons tests carried out in the 1950s and 1960s.

Disnovation is a research collective set up in Paris in 2012. Its core members include Maria Roszkowska (PL/FR), Nicolas Maigret (FR) and Baruch Gottlieb (CA). They work at the interface between contemporary art, research and hacking, composing tailor-made teams for each investigation with academics, activists, engineers and designers. Their recent artistic provocations seek to empower Post Growth imaginaries and practices by challenging the widespread belief that ‘economic growth’ and ‘technological fixes’ will solve the ecosystemic disruptions they themselves produced. Disnovation recently co-edited A Bes-tiary of the Anthropocene with Nicolas Nova, and The Pirate Book, an an-thology on media piracy.

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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