Rebel Arts Goes to the Rudi Dutschke Symposium

Rebel Artists Henry Shepherd, Jane Hellings and Jill Eastland exhibited and staged an intervention at the Rudi Dutschke Symposium at Lucy Cavendish College on Friday 19th May and Saturday 20th May.  For those who don’t recognise the name Rudi Dutschke was a German activist and part of the student uprising in 1968.  He was also a refugee living in Cambridge and was shot by a far right extremist who he subsequently tried to befriend, but then he later died of his injuries.

Henry has been documenting protests and activists for many years. These include anti-racist, anti-capitalist, animal rights and peace movement actions. For this exhibition he transformed photographs of activists and protestors into placards, to celebrate, inspire and examine radical activities.

Jane exhibited her wonderful flying women protestors with moveable parts.

Jill embroidered tabards and other workers uniforms with words such as, “Cloak of invisibility” and “We are many.” These were then used for an interactive performance exploring our increasing reliance on immigrant labour and the growth of precarious workers: the invisible servants in our contemporary capitalist society. The work also supported the organisation and resistance of these workers through a variety of new unions and organisations such as the precarious workers brigade and United Voices of the World.  Only four people spoke to her during the performance as she cleaned the artworks.

The “This is All We Can Afford in Cambridge” tent also managed to crash the event and was photographed on the immaculate gardens complaining about inequality and the cost of housing.


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