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Thomas Powell painting Distraction Straat International Street Art Museum

Thomas Powell

(UK, 1985)

In this work by Thomas, the Chinese performers are a metaphor for how the media purposely distract us. Traditionally, these Chinese performers would distract their audience with music and theatre. Here, the performer highlights three canaries - historically used as a ‘warning sign’ for an unsafe mine - while many more canaries are left unmentioned.

“We are told about some things, but the vast majority we ignore and we just get on day to day, even though we are fucking up the planet.” / Thomas Powell


Thomas at work for STRAAT

Thomas Powell Straat Museum Amsterdam
Thomas Powell Straat Museum Amsterdam
Thomas Powell Straat Museum Amsterdam
Thomas Powell Straat Museum Amsterdam