In this poster, Sean Dower revisits the character of Zou Zou the cabaret clown and connects the philosophy and politics of the era of the original nuclear arms race to the present day. Dower discovered Zou Zou in 1993 when he found a videotape of a 1980’s performance by the clown on an Amsterdam Market. The performance made references to particular socio - political issues of the era , including the nuclear arms race and space travel. The central image on the poster features a 1993 photo of Dower impers onating Zou Zou, using props and make - up. The text is drawn from the lyrics of the gospel hymn, When the Saints Go Marching In , whose tune is played by Zou Zou on a prop during his performance. The lyrics of this early 1900s gospel hymn are inspired by the Book of Revelation, which warns of the final judgment or ‘end of days’ associated with the apocalypse. The text style references the democratic use of stencil s in political activism and counter culture.

Sean Dower (born 1965) began making live performances in the early 1980s as part of the UK ‘industrial’ music scene. He went on to study sculpture, film and photography and continues to incorporate sound and pe rformance into his practice . Dower has exhibited his work internationally since the early 1990s.

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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