Activists protesting against oil spills, oil drilling and climate change can make a bold statement by using their bodies as a canvas, covered in fake oil, to remind people just how dirty crude oil really is. These were protests against Cairn Energy drilling in the Gulf of Valencia, BP funding of Tate Museum, and Canadian tar sands oil in Europe.
Here is the work of recent graduate student from the UK, Mandy Barker. Entitled SOUP and named after the term given to plastic debris in the sea, this series of images aim to engage with, and stimulate an emotional response in the viewer by combining a contradiction between initial aesthetic attraction and social awareness. Written by Cyril Foiret