The Nile Culture’s “M’ilima” will Conjure the Dark Side of Art to Shed Light on a Worthy Cause. (Toronto Sept 12, 2017)

The artwork seen above is one of only 3 limited edition prints titled Caught Out, 2017 by Roger Ballen.

Savage unnatural desires. What is it that drives humans to force extinction upon other species in order to possess immeasurable wealth and status? Is it this same compulsion that threatens our own existence?

On September 12 in Toronto, The Nile Culture will use art and film to provoke an answer to these questions that is as barbaric and satisfying as our inhumane need to conquer nature.

In conjunction with Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, the Nile has secured internationally renowned artists like Roger Ballen to contribute works that will be auctioned to support the protection of a critically endangered species; the Rhinoceros.

Roger Ballen is one of the most revered art photographers alive, known for his dark, visceral and perverse images. He is also known for his directorial work with South Africa’s controversial hip-hop duo Die Antwoord. He first directed their widely celebrated music video “I Fink You Freeky” which now has nearly 100 million views and recently he directed their new short film “Tommy Can’t Sleep.”

It is in this indelicate tone that the staging for one of humanity’s more atrocious practices will be presented.

M’ilima will be an exhibition and fundraiser curated in an immersive art gallery setting and will feature the release of a short film and limited edition art book; both aiming to be provocative, educational, and inspiring.

The event’s creators, Stephanie Pym and Kirsten Brophy (Co-Founders of The Nile Culture) want to curate an experience that captures the darkness and brutality of what is actually happening.

But they also want you to fall in love. If you’re still reading this, you’re apart of that curious percentage of humanity who cares enough to investigate the opportunity to create change. And curiosity is always the beginning-

Killing is the end.

Killing is now a human sport and the horn of the Rhinoceros is the ultimate prize. For thousands of years it was because some cultures believed the Rhino horn had magical and medicinal powers. In modern times, the extreme lengths and astronomical fees paid to kill this species are motivated mostly by one thing: STATUS.

The terrain they live in is difficult for non-locals to navigate and the animal is not easy to hunt and kill. Therefore, owning a rhino horn is the ultimate possession for those who are wealthy but who aren’t ‘well endowed.’ (think Freud…)

Very few organizations have been consistently effective at protecting Rhinos from those who kill for treasure or bloodlust. The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy has not lost a Rhino to poachers in over 3 years.

There are a great many causes that deserve our attention. The Nile Culture is focused on art and conservation. And they believe there is an intrinsic connection between these animals and our own future.

Of the many ailments that threaten the Earth and our own existence, almost all of them are man-made. M’ilima seeks to awaken our humanity and provoke the most human instincts and feelings that we possess.

Our past is dark and savage. If we work together, our future can be bright.

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