The Caught in the Net exhibition at JGM Gallery is a call to arms against plastic pollution, created in collaboration by a diverse group of Australian activists. Erub Arts is an art centre inspired by the sea, reef and marine life that surrounds Torres Strait island, located between Australia and Papua New Guinea. The group are internationally recognised for their woven ghost net works, modelled on and raising awareness about dangerous abandoned fishing nets. Surrounded by fringing reef and traditional stone fish traps, Erub is home to approximately 400 Erubam le (people) from four tribal groups. Their seafaring heritage means they have sadly observed the destructive impact of modern fishing practices first hand. Ghost nets, acting as designed, can restrict the movement of many sea creatures including fish, dolphins, sea turtles, sharks and seabirds, causing starvation, laceration, infection and suffocation in those that need to return to the surface to breathe. By collecting these nets, reclaiming them and transforming them into intricate artworks and large-scale installations, Erub Arts is part of the now global Ghost Net movement.
Also contributing to the London exhibition are Lynette Griffiths and Marion Gaemers, Australian artists. Biodiversity, environmental preservation and proximity have brought these indigenous and non-indigenous artists together, and the outcome is an intense, thought-provoking and guilt-ridden perspective on the pollution of our oceans.
JGM Gallery represents Indigenous Australian artists as well as contemporary British. It is the UK’s platform for JGM Art, which was founded by Jennifer Guerrini Maraldi to create greater awareness of significant contemporary Australian Aboriginal art, both in the UK and internationally. Caught in the Net features artwork that encapsulates its ambition to spread ideas through art all the way across the world in the UK.
The exhibition will start on 13 June and end on 27 July. The gallery’s opening hours are Tuesday to Friday, 11am until 6pm and Saturday, 11am until 5pm.
JGM Gallery is located on Howie Street, in the new cultural hub in Battersea, home to the Royal College of Art, Vivienne Westwood Studios, Foster & Partners, and The Battersea Power Station.
24 Howie Street, London, SW11 4AY
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