Youth movement Ctrl.Alt.Shift combats corruption at Soho’s Lazarides Gallery, London, from 6-28 November
Experimental youth initiative Ctrl.Alt.Shift presents Ctrl.Alt.Shift Unmasks Corruption – The Exhibition, at Soho’s Lazarides Gallery from 6-28 November 2009. Supporting the launch of a new comic book anthology of the same name, the exhibition brings together a poignant mix of politicised comic book and graphic novel work in a bid to politicise a new generation of activists through the medium of popular comic culture.
From the press release:
“From Super Heroes to political autobiography, the comic book has long since offered a creative and subversive space to explore social and political issues. Ctrl.Alt.Shift has harnessed the power of this enduring and popular medium by commissioning an exhibition and comic book, exposing issues of global injustice in a contemporary and relevant way and motivating its audience to fight for change.
“The exhibition will feature an eclectic and powerful range of political stories created by some of the world’s best comic and graphic artists such as Dave McKean, Pat Mills, Peter Kuper and Dan Goldman. It will also include a collaborative piece of work by acclaimed musician and writer Dev Hynes (aka Lightspeed Champion) and Luke Pearson, the winner of the Ctrl.Alt.Shift Unmasks Corruption Competition which ran back in August.
“In addition to a range of international and powerfully political comic strips on show, the exhibition presents an array of vintage comics. Superman visiting famine-ridden Ethiopia in 1986, Ronald Regan’s face superimposed on Captain America’s as part of the ‘Regan’s Raiders’ patriotic super heroes series and ‘I Am Curious, Black!’ which is Lois Lane’s exploration of race as she takes on the body of a black woman for 24 hours are examples of just a few historical gems to be discovered.
“In addition to the Lazarides exhibition, a series of Ctrl.Alt.Shift Unmasks Corruption events, including panel discussions, drawing workshops and a live music and comics evening will take place at the ICA as part of the 2009 Comica Festival.”
The Ctrl.Alt.Shift Unmasks Corruption anthology is available to buy now for £4.99 at ctrlaltshift.co.uk/unmaskscorruption and all good comic retailers. Profits from the 5,000 copies of the comic book will go to Ctrl.Alt.Shift.
For further information regarding the book, exhibition and competition, please visit: ctrlaltshift.co.uk/unmaskscorruption.