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Brexit-inspired art goes on show at London exhibition

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By ITN News Editor March 15, 2019 14:44

Brexit-inspired art goes on show at London exhibition

From Brexit-inspired art to newspaper front pages leading up to Britain’s 2016 referendum, a new London exhibition takes a look at the vote that has divided the nation since. Dozens of artworks and newspaper headlines in the weeks running up to when Britons voted to leave the European Union on June 23, 2016 are on display at the “Take Back Control” exhibition, whose name reflects the words used in the Leave campaign’s key pledge during the referendum Both pro-and anti-EU artworks, inspired by the vote and events since, are on display as is the media coverage, and newspapers’ stands’ on the Leave and Remain campaigns. “It’s a chance to relive the gut-wrenching excitement of the referendum vote week through newspapers and artivists,” said the exhibition curator and artist, who only gave his name as Bryden. “It gives us an opportunity to reflect on what’s happening now through what happened then.”On display are a “Strong and stable my arse” poster by Turner Prise winner Jeremy Deller – a reference to Prime Minister Theresa May’s “strong and stable” 2017 election campaign mantra as well as a mock exit sign reading “Brexit” by artist Guy Morris.
Other exhibition items include “What if Voting Changed Everything?” by David Dunnico – a ballot box with shredded white, blue and red paper, and papier maché works of various anti-EU newspapers by Bryden. Stretch, snuggle, cats and cuddles: A purrfect workout with cats . The cat pose takes a new form at the ‘Stretch & Snuggle’ exercise class inside the Brooklyn Cat Cafe. Once a month, about a dozen people stretch and strengthen their muscles in a room filled with cats. “People are encouraged at all times to stop, drop and snuggle. So if they choose to snuggle over stretching. I am never offended. And we spend an hour working out with the cats,” said class instructor Jessi Colon, who will also pause during class to take pictures of her class interacting with the cats.
Some of the cats are curious and play with the participants, while others ignore the class. But every cat is available to take home.
“What’s really special about the Cat Cafe is it’s so much like a home environment. These cats are up for adoption. And often times in shelters, cats are in enclosures where they are not really interacting with people the way they would interact in a home.”
Colon said her ‘active flexibility’ class offers a mixture of exercises taken from yoga, pilates and other regimens.
Many of the participants said they enjoy the warm and fuzzy feeling of the class.
“I need to relax more. And I love cats and I love, especially, rescue cats. I have two adopted cats of my own. So it’s a perfect opportunity to just hang out and pet some cats,” said Rae Paoletta who was taking the class for the first time.
Classmate Kristine Gig Bauer added, “I think the cats will be very calming and relaxing. I’m very, I’m very easily relaxed by cats. So I think it will help me probably do a little better with my yoga.”
While cat cafes are not new, they are a popular way for people to interact with cats in need of a permanent home.
Brooklyn’s Cat Cafe opened in 2016 and is operated entirely by animal rescue volunteers. Colon and other exercise instructors also donate their time to the cafe.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor March 15, 2019 14:44

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