Sue Coe,
visual journalist

British-born Sue Coe has spent her 30-year career in the U.S. taking a stand on social problems through her controversial work, hoping not to shock, but to educate, influence and inspire change and action. Her artwork, illustrations and books address issues such as apartheid, AIDS, animal rights, the Ku Klux Klan, Ethiopian famine and terrorism in Northern Ireland. Coe’s work is featured in museums worldwide, including New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Art and the Oxford Museum of Modern Art.

The Cull
Sue Coe presents her current preoccupation—the concept of culling. The word derives from the Latin, meaning to gather together, to select. Over the last 15 years, Coe's artwork and life have involved depicting the suffering of animals used in food production. The juggernaut of the global economy has intensified farm animal production, to the level in the U.S. of six billion animals slaughtered every year. Even as individual awareness of animal suffering and the devastating environmental impact of factory farming increases, the slaughter intensifies. As capital globalizes, the individual becomes increasingly isolated from any decision-making. Coe will show some of her most intense work to date created in response to the devastating spread of viruses among cattle and the ensuing bonfires of animal flesh that scarred European farms earlier this year. May those flames illuminate an awareness not of animal rights, but what gives us humans the right to murder other animals.


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