SaveArtSpace have announced their very first public art activation in London, UK, ‘RESTORATION: NOW or NEVER,’ co-organized by two independent curators, Anne Verhallen and Daria Borisova with support from Hauser & Wirth. Plus an NFT Drop by Olive Allen on Foundation on May 27th, 2021 more details here.
After months of lockdown, this exhibition hopes to reconnect the public on the streets of London for a show that calls to restore our connection to nature, bring attention to the world’s climate crisis and pay ode to mother Earth! ‘RESTORATION: NOW or NEVER,’ presented in conjunction with World Environment Day on June 5th, 2021 in the UK—a day committed to encouraging awareness and action to protect our environment—will extend across popular London advertisement spaces, like billboards, kiosks and bus shelters, for one month.
The public art exhibition is an intergenerational project, presenting renowned artists alongside artists carefully selected through an open call. Working with a next-generation curatorial team, including Michael Xufu Huang, Destinee Ross-Suton, Aindrea Emelife, Daria Borisova and Anne Verhallen, the show will bring together a global and diverse group of artists. Curators are selecting artists who create work in response to climate change, calls for restorative action or suggests a path forward. Confirmed artists include Stefan Brüggemann, Zhang Huan, Tabita Rezaire, Coco Capitán, Wang Yuyang, Fred Tomaselli, Formafantasma, Olive Allen and Khari Turner.
The mission of this independent project is to raise awareness of climate crisis issues like global warming, to give artists in all stages of their career a platform to to express concern and leadership, and to bring art to the public after a year of closed gallery and museum spaces.
Following the great success of the last exhibition presented by SaveArtSpace and Art At A Time Like This, ‘Ministry of Truth: 1984/2020’ that was named one of the most important moments in the arts in 2020 by the New York Times, the non-profit continues its mission of replacing commercialism with culture overseas.
Daria Borisova is a London-based curator and art advisor. Borisova focuses on young emerging artists who inspire progressive understanding and promote lasting change. With an emphasis on transparency and education, Borisova has built collections for prominent private and corporate clients. Her most recent curatorial work includes: HerStory in collaboration with Beauty for Freedom, Global Call for Artists in partnership with W1 Curates x Amplifier – a digital public art installation in London, Winter Show at Harlesden High Street Gallery in London, House of Togetherness in London and Alla Gorka: Heroine presented by White Ribbon in the Ukranian Parliament and America House Kyiv. Borisova has an ongoing collaboration with The Art Gorgeous to educate women on the cryptic art of collecting art. A member of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum and ambassador for Beauty for Freedom, she advocates for gender equality and promoting women artists. Borisova is a global ambassador and curator for the non-profit organization ‘White Ribbon,’ the world’s largest male initiative against domestic violence towards women. @punh
Anne Verhallen, a New York-based curator, is the co-founder of Art at a Time Like This, a multi-platform arts organization that gives free expression to artists and curators at times of crises with over 200,000 viewers in more than 100 countries. At Art at a Time Like This, Verhallen has curated numerous exhibitions, including Ministry of Truth: 1984/2020, a public art exhibition on 20 billboards in New York City which the New York Times called “one of the most important art moments of 2020.” Additionally, as the current director of the fine art division at CXA, she has worked on projects for many leading artists, including Kehinde Wiley, Robert Wilson, Friedrich Kunath, DRIFT and Lily Kwong. In this capacity, Verhallen has overseen large-scale activations and installations in collaboration with brands in the luxury industry. Born in the Netherlands, Verhallen brings a global perspective to her projects and seeks to cultivate the intersection between technology, design, art, and health. Previously, she collaborated with Roya Sachs, director of Mafalda Miles, for the performance Virtually There at Mana Contemporary, featuring artists Kate Gilmore, Heather Rowe and the Campana Brothers. She also writes monthly for Arte Fuse and has contributed to other magazines such as Artshesays. @anne_verhallen
Founded in 2015, SaveArtSpace is a non-profit organization that works to create an urban gallery experience, launching exhibitions that address intersectional themes and foster a progressive message of social change. By placing culture over commercialism, SaveArtSpace aims to empower artists from all walks of life and inspire a new generation of young creatives and activists.