3 Nov 2007 – 13 Dec 2007

Event times

Wednesday ' Sunday, 12.00 ' 17.00

Cost of entry

Free admission

Contemporary Art Platform

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Buses: 4, 19, 29, 153, 253, 254, 259
  • Tube: Finsbury Park (Victoria & Piccadilly lines)

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Exactly 200 years ago the slavery was abolished in the Britain. Big celebrations have been staged all over the United Kingdom with thousands of pounds spent in order to do so.

In reality, at least 12 million people worldwide are still forced to work through the threat of violence. They are dehumanised, denied freedom and treated as property, bought and sold. In fact, there is not a region in the world free of this gruesome act, including the UK.

So what was really abolished 200 years ago?

What are we celebrating?

Who invented the slavery in the first place?

These are just some of the reasons why UNBOUND has been created. The group exhibition with international artists including conceptual work, photography, video, film, installations, live performances and interventions will be launched on Friday the 2nd of November 2007 at Contemporary Art Platform, London (6 - 9pm).

Regardless of one's race, religion, social, political or cultural background, UNBOUND will invite the viewer to engage with issues of modern-day bondage by penetrating one's own profound experience in relation to freedom or choice and action. The project will investigate enslavement in the contemporary world, as well as looking into the questions of liberty, (in)tolerance, ignorance and belief. The UNBOUND artists, stripped of any inhibitions or judgments will break Pandora's box wide open.


So, you think you are free? Try crossing the line.

The truth is you are not free, but are you prepared to hear that? (2)

You're free to eat what you like, but watch your figure!

Don't like the sound of this? Stick your head in the sand.

Your beliefs will win in the end. Even if they're wrong.

Gay rights & queer bashing: worth fighting for.

How do you solve a problem like Maria?

You think you are paid for the job you do? Work out all the taxes.

Slaves are sold at the market. We are all in the market economy now.

Join the free world, or else!

We all love a bargain.

Slavery was a historical fact. (3)

British citizen or loyal subject? (4)

Send her victorious, long to reign over us.

Freedom & security, through rules & surveillance.

Thank goodness we abolished slavery 200 years ago.


1. Curated by Predrag Pajdic, with: Justin Allen, Yasmeen Al Awadi, Barney Ashton, Tim Blake, Nemanja Cvijanovic, Martin Effert, Wendy Faucheaux Dolan, Sagi Groner, Emily Jacir, Vesna Milicevic, Jean Gabriel Periot, Michael Petry, Nada Prlja, Santiago Sierra, Penny Siopis, Emily Stainer & Judith Witteman

2. From 3rd November - December 13th 2007 Contemporary Art Platform, 1 Thane Villas, London N7 7PH, United Kingdom Tel +44 (0)77 344 340 66 Free admission.
Opening hours: Wednesday ' Sunday, 12.00 ' 17.00
The nearest tube station: Finsbury Park (Victoria & Piccadilly lines)
Buses: 4, 19, 29, 153, 253, 254, 259
OPENING: 2nd November from 6 - 9pm with live art performances by Justin Allen & Judith Witteman

3. Many talks, discussions, film screenings, artists' interventions and performances will take place during the exhibition period.
Future information will be announced shortly

4. To join an open public debate please visit:


For further information and press images please contact Predrag Pajdic on p.pajdic@mac.com or 077 344 340 66


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