Exhibition: Everywhere: Life in a littered world

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Litter is everywhere. It is on country lanes and city streets, washed up in polar regions and deposited on mountains as particles present in ‘plastic rain’. It can be so small it needs to be viewed through a microscope and so large that its true scale can only be understood through satellite imagery. It’s the coffee cup in the hedge and the Pacific garbage patch.

This online exhibition presents works by international artists Mandy Barker, John Darwell, Diana Lelonek, Kai Löffelbein, Peter Nencini, Tejal Shah, D. Taylor and  Pinar Yoldas; and both explores everyday practices of littering and considers its lasting effects.

Curated by Joanne Lee, artist and Senior Lecturer, School of Art and Design, Sheffield Hallam University; and Rosemary Shirley, Associate Professor in the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester. Lee and Shirley are fascinated by the practices and interpretations of littering and the way waste connects the individual and the global.

Everywhere is launched alongside the international conference MICRO2020 which explores the fate and impacts of microplastics in the environment. The exhibition also includes resources to further explore these issues and podcasts from scientists working in this field.

Date: 22 November 2020 – 31 January 2021
Free to access online

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Curators’ talk

Monday 23 November 2020, 18:30

Join Joanne Lee and Rosemary Shirley, the curators of Everywhere: Life in a littered world, to explore the ways in which contemporary artists have responded to the practices and effects of littering. The talk will reflect on the exhibition’s themes of scale and entanglement and will consider how the artists reveal, rethink and reimagine our relationships with discarded material.

Free access via Zoom Webinar. Email The Arts Institute here by 16:00, Monday 23 November for a link to access this talk.

SHELF-LIFE Barcode - 9556135421506 (Malaysia). Photograph © Mandy Barker - mandy-barker.com

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