Artwash: Big Oil and the Arts by Mel Evans (Pluto Press, 2015)

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What effect does the influx of oil money have on arts institutions? Mel Evans explores the murky world of “art-washing”.

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Mel Evans is an artist and campaigner associated with Liberate Tate and Platform. As well as making unsanctioned performance works at Tate and writing on oil sponsorship of the arts, she creates theatre pieces in the City of London that examine culture, finance and Big Oil.

“This fascinating book delves deeply into the pressing debates about art sponsorship, one of the more insidious tools that the fossil fuel industry deploys to build and maintain its power, undermining the critical role of art in our democracies in the process. It also documents how some of the most innovative and effective resistance to this process is being waged by artists and cultural workers themselves.” (Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything and The Shock Doctrine)

“Artwash is a rapidly paced immensely readable breakdown of the oil business and the laundering of its image through patronage of the arts. Artwash rigorously examines the institutions, the executives, the PR, the artists and the curators and questions the mechanisms and motivation behind big oil.” (Conrad Atkinson, Emeritus Professor, University of California)

Paperback Edition: The Oil Road: Journey from the Caspian Sea to the City of London

The Oil Road

With a new Afterword!

Published by Verso – Oct 2013

★★★★★…The Oil Road opens the lid on the often-shady energy economy, weaving absorbing travel reportage into powerful investigative journalism…. If you want to know why oil matters, read this book.” Time Out ‘Book of the Week

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“An elegantly written travel book…will make you think the next time you fill the tank.” – Financial Times

“Researched and written with empathy, integrity and imagination. It is timely and much needed.” Ahdaf Soueif, author of The Map of Love



Hardback Edition: The Oil Road: Journey from the Caspian Sea to the City of London

Published by Verso – Sept 20 2012

Time Out ‘Book of the Week’ with 5 stars:“‘The Oil Road’ opens the lid on the often-shady energy economy, weaving absorbing travel reportage into powerful investigative journalism…. If you want to know why oil matters, read this book.”

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“Beautifully written as well as formidably informed… A pleasure to read.” Neal Ascherson, author of Black Sea

Not if but when: Culture Beyond Oil


A limited edition copy features a unique artwork by Ruppe Koselleck made with crude oil collected from the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe.

The full-colour publication has 100 pages of art and commentary including:

  • Stunning oil response artworks including pieces by Banksy, Ben Jones, Ahmed Bassiouny, Chris Jordan, Liberate Tate, Platform and He He, as well as written contributions by artists and writers such as Conrad Atkinson, Matthew Herbert, Platform, Julian Stallabrass, Cecilia Wee and Bob and Roberta Smith.

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Counting the Cost: Corporations & Human Rights abuses in the Niger Delta

by Ben Amunwa


Platform’s ground-breaking report in 2011 implicated Shell in serious human rights violations in the Niger Delta between 2000 and 2010.

The report uncovers how Shell’s routine payments to armed militants exacerbated conflicts, in one case leading to the destruction of Rumuekpe town where it is estimated that at least 60 people were killed.


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No Condition is Permanent – 19 Poets on Climate Justice & Change


PLATFORM and African Writers Abroad proudly present 19 poets and 29 poems in a volume crackling with acute observation and arresting calls to justice.

The collection features powerful new work from acclaimed performance-poets Simon Murray (Sai Murai) and Dorothea Smartt, commissioned during PLATFORM’s season “C Words: Carbon, Climate, Capital, Culture” at the Arnolfini in Bristol in autumn 2009

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Some Common Concerns: Imagining BP’s Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey Pipelines System

by James Marriott & Greg Muttitt


Written before BP’s Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline was built, Some Common Concerns helps the reader to imagine what the proposed cross-Caucasus pipelines system would be like if it were built. The book reveals the 13 years of secret pressure, intervention and geopolitics, involving private corporations, US and British diplomats and local politicians. Examines BP’s record in Colombia, Alaska and the North Sea.

Banned in Azerbaijan, Some Common Concerns correctly predicted many of the failures and flaws of the BTC pipeline, despite strenuous BP denials.

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A Game as Old as Empire: The Secret World of Economic Hit Men & the Web of Global Corruption

Platform chapters:

* “Hijacking Iraq’s Oil Reserves” by Greg Muttitt

* “Mercenaries on the Front Lines in the New Scramble for Africa” by James Marriott & Andy Rowell

“This is an important book that should be read by anyone who wants to know how the world is run to the advantage of the wealthy few and the malicious disadvantage of the many poor.”


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