SAVAGES - 13 January to 6 February
An Exhibition by Ian Cook
300 years ago numerous incursions were made into the unchartered lands of the Americas and Mexico. Caught between the colonial aspirations of European powers and Jefferson’s resolve to oversee manifest destiny, the culture of many indigenous races came close to extinction.
Across the waters in Africa and Asia the same unrestrained lust for riches both real and imagined, prevailed. Despite this rapacious crusade the peoples of these continents prevailed, retaining their long-practised traditions. These elements, both historical and contemporary, provide the basis for this exhibition, and focuses on man’s connection to beasts, the environment and his sometimes tenuous relationship with his fellow human beings.
This exhibition comprises of historical, cultural and contemporary aspects of the peoples who still inhabit these lands and other continents. Despite the shameless treatment of them by our forefathers, they prevailed and, today, more than ever, are able to teach us a salutary lesson in how to save the Earth.