Uneven Geographies: Globalisation and Art is Nottingham Contemporary's third show. It brings together 16 artists from five continents including Öyvind Fahlström (whose work is pictured), an early pioneer of geopolitical art.
The artists capture the processes of globalisation and its human consequences through film, photographs, drawings and installations including a tank of African clawed frogs by Mexican artist Éduardo Abaroa.
Globalisastion refers to the increasing economic integration of the world, where money, products and people all move between countries faster than ever before. This work is entitled Another World, and Another, and Another.
The artists admit to not being completely objective on the subject but aim to represent the fabric of lives affected by globalisation. Bruno Serralongue's photographs follow grass roots campaigners around the world.
Work includes that of Turner Prize winner Steve McQueen. His film, Gravesend, contrasts the conditions where the valuable mineral coltan is mined, in war torn Congo, to where it is processed, by pristine machines in Derby.
In contrast to the harshness of McQueen's work, Öyvind Fahlström's Garden - A World Model is set in a room where visitors can relax on cushions amongst the plants, "deciphering the stories of injustice on their leaves".
Ursula Biemann's Sahara looks at desert migration in North Africa. Various monitors tell personal stories rather than what Biemann describes as the "sensationalised" coverage of migration in the media.
She also highlights the plight of migrants attempting to get to the Canary Islands and the work being done to stop them with a series of aerial shots taken from an observation plane working for Moroccan immigration.
Also on display are photographs by multiple award winning photo-artist George Osodi whose work, set in the oil rich Niger Delta, has made the shortlist for 2010 Sony World Photography Awards.
Workers at a hi-tech electronic factory recite a famous Chinese communist party speech in Yang Zhenzhong's video, Spring Story. Given in 1992, it announced that they would adopt the principles of the market economy.
Uneven Geographies: Globalisation and Art is on at Nottingham Contemporary, High Pavement, Nottingham until Sunday, 4 July 2010. Entry to Nottingham Contemporary is free.
The exhibition is accompanied by a series of talks, discussions and events on the subject of globalisation and free family play and learn sessions every weekend. For more information visit: nottinghamcontemporary.org.
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