Musician and activist Love Ssega partners with the National Gallery and Nesta to create live events that address climate justice with HOME-Zero: A Climate for Change.
Love Ssega is a musician, artist and current 2022 Arts Foundation Music For Change Fellow. After starting as the original leader of Clean Bandit, Love Ssega went on to work with the Philharmonia Orchestra, toured China as musician-in-residence for the British Council and PRS Foundation, and released music with the Parisian fashion house. Kitsune. As a visual artist, he collaborated with Slow Factory in New York and was part of their first exhibition MoMA PS1.
In recent years, he has put his considerable talents to work campaigning for climate justice. As a culmination of this activist work, Love Ssega will collaborate with National Gallery X (National Gallery and King’s College London) and Nesta to create HOME-Zero by Love Ssega. The aim of Love Ssega’s HOME-Zero is to highlight the links between the climate emergency and the social housing crisis and bring Londoners together to imagine ways to tackle them. Key to the project is the principle that live performances and art can be used as catalysts for change and that community and collective goals can have the power to influence society.
Love Ssega says of the project, “It is timely, in a cost of living crisis caused by our structural dependence on fossil fuels, that a commission such as HOME-Zero shows that musicians and artists can address these issues. with the support of our great cultural establishments. I am delighted to bring different voices to the National Gallery and show that climate action must be creative, positive and uplifting”.
HOME-Zero by Love Ssega consists of two events at the National Gallery; a workshop involving Londoners aged 18-35 and a walk performance addressing climate justice and a call for more sustainable social housing. Recycled instruments specially commissioned by Falmouth designer Dominick Allen for the award-winning Shadwell Ensemble will be an integral part of the events.
The live performance at the National Gallery will take place on April 22 for International Earth Day. Alongside Love Ssega, the performance will feature the talents of acclaimed poets Solomon OB and Kieron Rennie, dance artists Krystal S. Lowe and Paris Crossley. The music composed by Love Ssega for the performance will be inspired by the National Gallery’s world-class collection and the views of Londoners aged 18-35 from diverse backgrounds previously recorded at the National Gallery’s X Lab workshop. The workshop and the performance will feed into the creation of an artistic film which will premiere in June 2022 and which will be accessible to all.
This project is supported by the National Gallery X (National Gallery and King’s College) and Nesta. For more information, visit: lovessega.com.
Photo credits: Andrew Kiwanuka and Ben Millar Cole