AMAZON – An exhibition of photographs Sebastião Salgado and Per Anders Pettersson

AMAZON  – An exhibition in aid of Sky Rainforest Rescue

With photography from Sebastião Salgado and Per Anders Pettersson

AMAZON’, an exhibition in aid of Sky Rainforest Rescue, featuring two award-winning photographers Sebastião Salgado and Per Anders Petterrson – to highlight the plight of the Amazonian rainforest and the people living within it, took place at Somerset House London and The Gallery of Photography, Dublin between November 2011 and April 2012.

The exhibition, curated by Bakul Patki, brought together two remarkable, distinct bodies of photography featuring previously unseen images. It showcased the efforts of Sky Rainforest Rescue, a partnership between Sky and World Wildlife Fund, that begun in 2009 and aims to help save one billion trees in the state of Acre, North-West Brazil.

Legendary Brazilian photographer, Sebastião Salgado  exclusively presented work from his photographic essay ‘Genesis’ that began in 2004 and was exhibited at the Natural History Museum, London in the spring of 2013. The images portray landscapes in their most pristine state, and the communities still living in them, according to ancient traditions in balance with nature. Through these epic and evocative images, visitors to the exhibition were taken on a journey through environments, which remain intact despite the enormous human destruction taking place daily in the region. Salgado commented: “I relished the opportunity to present some of my unseen images in the exhibition and highlight the beauty that must be preserved”.

Renowned documentary photographer Pers Anders Pettersson presented photographs from a visit to Acre with actress Gemma Arterton, to support Sky Rainforest Rescue. These images illustrate the stark reality and level of devastation caused by deforestation – and give an insight into the progress being made through Sky Rainforest Rescue, working closely with the Acre State Government to protect this precious part of the world. Pettersson commented “The images that we captured were beautiful and heart breaking in equal measure”.

The exhibition was accompanied by a programme of educational talks and events and was be the first at Somerset House’s East Wing Galleries.

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In the art and music hubs of Future Everything 2011, ABSOLUT vodka collaborated with internationally renowned artist Marcos Lutyens to create ‘ABSOLUT FlavourCollider’.  Inspired by ABSOLUT FLAVOURS, ABSOLUT FlavourCollider offered a visual interpretation of the mind’s reaction to different tastes and sensations.

Festival attendees were invited to engage with a variety of specially created drinking experiences using a (then) revolutionary headset to transpose their reactions to the various flavours of Absolut FlavourCollider cocktails, into a an evolving data-visualisation installation.  Cocktails included the fiery ABSOLUT PEPPARCOLLIDER that combines red chilli, passion fruit, cloudy apple juice and lime.  ABSOLUT FlavourCollider offered a new perspective on sensory behaviour – uniquely combining creativity and technology, to provide an exciting way to illustrate human perceptions.

The collaboration between ABSOLUT and Marcos Lutyens at FutureEverything continued the rich creative heritage of ABSOLUT. Since its inception in 1979, ABSOLUT has been at the forefront of design and creativity, sharing its unique and pioneering vision of the world through collaborations with some of the world’s most eminent figures, including Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and more recently Spike Jonze, Jay-Z and Marshmallow Laser Feast.

Marcos Lutyens is an intermedia artist who has exhibited internationally, including at the Venice Biennale of Art, dOCUMENTA (13), the iMage Festival, Italy, Istanbul Biennale 2015, the Museum of Contemporary Art,Los Angeles, the Royal Academy, London, the Centre Pompidou, Paris, MoMA PS1 and the National Art Museum of China. He has often worked with the process of hypnosis to explore the unconscious and associated schema, and to engage the visitor’s embodied experience of art, while also involving various parallel approaches to explore group and individual consciousness.





Founded in 2012 by author and data journalist David McCandless in collaboration with Kantar creative director Aziz Cami, the Awards honour excellence in data visualization, infographics and information art.

In an era where ‘big data’ is a buzzword and we are all surrounded by vast amounts of information in ever-evolving forms, data visualization is increasingly being recognized as a sophisticated art that makes that information more accessible, understandable, usable and beautiful.

This year the Awards has expanded upon its community-centric focus, opening the field to nominations from members of the general public. Individuals, publishers and small independent studios that create their own infographics and visualizations have been able to enter non-commercial work for free, meaning that the Awards truly reflects the breadth of quality design on today’s scene.


About Bakul Patki

Bakul Patki is a specialist in curation, production and promotion across the arts. Bakul has over fifteen years of experience working in culture, media and entertainment from music, television and film, to art, design and architecture.

She works independently for arts institutions, individual artists and galleries, arts festivals, charities and brands and developers who have an interest in working within and supporting creativity.

Most recently she has curated and creatively produced exhibitions, installations and performances at Royal Hampton Court Palace, London, Somerset House, London and the Gallery of Photography, Dublin, the Granary Crossing, London and (annually) at the New Designers Exhibition, London. She works regularly consulting on creative and cultural innovation for brands such as Absolut (UK), Royal Salute (Globally) and Pernod Ricard’s Breakthrough Innovation Group (Global) and has carried out successful press campaigns for many individual artists and organisations – including the Information is Beautiful Awards 2015.

Her independence as a freelancer means she is able to be nimble and flexible, approaching each project from a fresh perspective, tailoring her input accordingly. As and when a project requires additional staff, she calls on her extensive network of contacts, bringing on board the most appropriate specialist for that particular occasion. This broad contacts database and years of collaborating with the arts community and publications, also allows her to offer services and broker relationships beyond traditional press campaigns and to fulfil complex, unusual and challenging curatorial or production commissions.

Bakul is also co-founder of Leading Culture Destinations and the LCD Awards – a platform designed to celebrate the best in culture and travel.


An exhibition of new work by London-based artist Nathan James, presented by Justin Quirk. The exhibition, entitled Creepshow showcases unseen work, marking a dark evolution in the painter’s style.

The new series takes its inspiration from the concept of Pessimist Pop – a direct reaction to the highly-polished, busy, celebratory work of Koons, Murakami et al – and sees James deal in similar bold shapes and cultural iconography, but switch focus to the underbelly of his subjects, contextualising them in a real, unforgiving world. Painting in oil (often making his own paints) on canvas or linen, James focuses on the lives and worlds of the underclass, failures, perverts and slackers, rather than beautiful, successful people.

‘Like all the best art, Nathan James’ new paintings challenge the idea that beauty is a universal term,’ – Jake Chapman





Bleak comedy and personal tragedy sit uncomfortably close together in James’ characters, which draw on both the failed industrial background of his childhood in Ontario, and the fantastical world of cartoons, characters and the golden age of Hollywood, which has long fascinated him.

Combining an almost old-fashioned, painterly approach to his art with very modern ideas of representation and humour, his subjects are captured in various states of disintegration, mutation and grotesque evolution. Creepshow is at once, a deeply personal and voyeuristic document of lives, habits, problems and people who contemporary art often overlooks.

‘Creepshow’ by Nathan James runs at The Cob Gallery, London March 20th – April 7th 2013. Wednesday – Saturday, 12 – 6pm or by appointment
For further information, images, interview or all other press requests, please contact Bakul / +44 (0) 7984 462 358

The Cob Gallery, 205 Royal College Street, London NW1 0SG – 0207 209 9110 – info@cobgallery.com


Born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Nathan James spent much of his life in the Toronto area before, moving to London, UK where he currently lives and works.
He has previously exhibited in group-shows at Leslie’s (Luxembourg), Galleria Aus 18 (Milan), The Garage CCC (Moscow), Idea Generation and Aubin (London), and in solo exhibitions at Gallery Neubacher (Toronto), Empire Gallery (London) and Leslie’s (Luxembourg).