In September 2019 the world’s largest arms fair will quietly set up shop in London. It will sell weapons and tools of torture to delegates from all over the world. As in 2017, Art the Arms Fair will make sure that it doesn’t go unnoticed.
10 September 2018 – ‘Bang! and the World is Gone!’
A satirical ad by artist Darren Cullen has appeared across London this morning. It is now a year to the day until the Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI) arms fair takes place at the ExCeL Centre. Companies that are central to building Britain’s nuclear missile submarines, warheads and reactors, such as BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin, will be exhibiting at and sponsoring DSEI. They will also be joined there by ‘trade visitors’ and military delegations from human rights abusing regimes.
The ad says the Nuke is ‘now x3000 more powerful than Hiroshima’, ‘ethnically cleansing,’ ‘tested on humans’ and ‘tackles stubborn buildings, women, children, pots and pans.’ Darren Cullen is one of the artists who will be contributing to the Art the Arms Fair exhibition, which will coincide with the (DSEI) Arms Fair in September 2019.