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WSPA and Australian artist Anne Zahalka launch bold live export artwork
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2013, 05:44:49 PM »
The artwork depicts the stark contrast between Australias connection with its animals and the inherently cruel fate we subject our farm animals to in the form of live export.

Anne Zahalka is one of Australia's most recognised artists working in photomedia. During her twenty year practice Zahalka has produced some iconic images of Australia. She works with familiar images of our nation and subverts them in a humorous and critical voice. Her work has been collected by all major museums in Australia and was represented in the National Gallery of Australia's recent publication on their collection.

      7 June 2013 –Today the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) launches a thought-provoking new artwork by contemporary Australian artist Anne Zahalka.

“I wanted to contribute to WSPA’s campaign against live animal export by creating an image that was poignant and thought-provoking,” said Anne. “I didn't want to depict the actual cruelty and inhumane treatment of animals in the trade but rather to represent the idea of the journey and the place from which the animals have been taken.”

“By combining a romantic painting of the Australian landscape with a pastoral scene of contented cows and sheep, and using the graphic design of old travel posters, I hope to raise questions and make people think about the animals plight in the live export trade.”  Challenging perspectivesWSPA Australia’s Head of Campaigns, Jodie Jankevics said: “Anne’s work challenges Australians to look at live export from a new angle. It highlights the contradiction between our national love for animals and this inherently cruel industry. It makes you stop and think more deeply about the animals we subject this to.”

The project is being supported by Avant Card, who will distribute 80,000 postcards of the artwork around Australia beginning in the first two weeks of June.

Public opinion and support continues to gain momentum for a transition away from the live export trade. Over 200,000 supporters have taken action for WSPA’s Live Export Campaign, calling for a move to the alternatives to live export.
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