I Love You, Moi Non Plus

1 February – 25 February 2021

Somerset House joins a host of leading British and French creative organisations to present I Love You, Moi Non Plus, a new online participatory art project exploring the relationship between the UK and France in a post-Brexit world 
Launching on Monday 1 February and presented in partnership by Somerset House, Dover Street Market London, The Adonyeva Foundation, Collectif Coulanges, Eurostar and coordinated by SabirI Love You, Moi Non Plus invites budding artists of all ages to share their interpretation of what the British-French relationship means to them. Works will be displayed in a new online gallery alongside bespoke pieces from a host of project ambassadors including Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei, leading British fashion designer Stella McCartney, renowned English electronic musician and Somerset House Trustee, Brian Eno, internationally-praised lead principal dancer and English National Ballet artistic director Tamara Rojo, and British contemporary artist Bob and Roberta Smith. Further contributions will come from Somerset House’s pioneering resident artists and creatives, who together form the largest creative community in the UK.

In response to Brexit and the new borders now in place, the project seeks to highlight how art and creativity can maintain connections between communities across the channel, unifying voices from across Britain and the EU. Professional, amateur and novice artists alike are all invited to capture what the relationship between the UK and France means to them using their preferred practice, from painting, illustration, or photography, to film, music or writing.  

Participants can contribute either by sharing their creations on social media using the hashtags #ILoveYouMoiNonPlus, #ILYMNP and #LifeAfterBrexit (which will be used to curate the online gallery, updated daily) or submit directly to the website here

Further ambassadors include French dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied, artistic director of Toneelgroep Amsterdam in the Netherlands Ivo Van Hove, Swiss visual artist and Somerset House Studios resident Christian Marclay, and American jazz singer and presenter, China Moses

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