Polish-born, London-based artist Goshka Macuga’s tapestry Make Tofu Not War encourages the viewer to engage with contemporary issues around politics and the environment.

Three human beings dressed up as wild animals – a reindeer, a polar bear and a wolf – appear in the woven photographic scene, together with their protest banners. The trio stand in what looks like a clearing in a forest of conifers. The image is rich with associations, including allusions to George Orwell’s Animal Farm, 19th-century landscape painting and satirical art that features anthropomorphised animals. In addition, the ghostly presence of a space capsule and the 3-D effect of the image (which can indeed be viewed through 3-D glasses) introduces a science fiction element to the work.

Macuga is best known for her multimedia installations, which are frequently made in response to a specific site or context. In 2018, she was nominated for the Turner Prize.

Make Tofu Not War now joins the extensive art collection at Nottingham Castle, which holds work dating from the 11th century to the present day.


From the artist's studio to Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York.This edition has been shown by Andrew Kreps Gallery at Art Basel, Art Basel Miami and at Frieze London, all in 2018. We are being offered 4#5 of the edition.

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