A solo show by Louis masai
In collaboration with WWF (World Wide Fund)
From June, 6th to June, 27th 2019
at NextStreet Gallery, Paris
Opening June 6th, from 7pm to 10pm
In presence of the artist!
The reception is free and open to the public.
Site web : https://www.nextstreetgallery.com/
"Conservation - Conversation" is an exploration of what it might be to some to be a conservationist. Whilst some would argue NGO's are the path of prosperity, others might debate as to whether zoos or even game hunting be so.
This brand new collection of works identifies 12 species painted on to vintage London zoo animal transit boxes. The selected unique animal poses ranges from sleeping, swimming, falling, mating and even trophy.
Each painting is supported by a pen and ink study of which 50% of the sales will be donated to WWF.
Five of Africa's big mammals have been patchwork stuffed and mounted to remind the viewer that if something soon doesn't change the only survivors will be owned by the trophy hunter.
Louis Masai is first and foremost an activist of the natural world, and an observer of human interactions with it. From a young age, he was exposed to art being a medium by which he could express his desire to change our detrimental habits towards nature, while revealing a deeper truth. By drawing parallels, Masai hopes to draw our attention to the fact that we have become ignorant of our selfish tendency as a species.
We adopt what we are attracted to, domesticate, and replicate an internal hierarchy, externally. Masai re-conceptualises this tendency to provoke a new lens of looking at the world around us. He draws together the textiles, textures and colours that surround us in order to create a sense of familiarity. However, his works are filled with movement and vibrancy.
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