Climate change protester with ‘incurable cancer’ sticks hand to one of Andy Warhol’s famous Campbell’s soup can paintings at Australia’s National Gallery
- Bonnie Cassen stuck her hand to Andy Warhol Campbell’s soup can painting
- Mother of three staged the protest despite having incurable cancer
- Other supporters of the group Stop Fossil Fuel Subsidies have graffitied the art
A climate change protester with ‘incurable cancer’ has glued her hand to an Andy Warhol painting at the National Gallery in Australia.
Bonnie Cassen, a mother of three, focused on Warhol’s famous Campbell’s Soup Can paintings in Canberra.
Other supporters of the group Stop Fossil Fuel Subsidies scribbled graffiti on the art.
The protest comes a month after two Extinction Rebellion Australia activists stuck their hands to a Picasso painting in Victoria.
Bonnie Cassen, a mother of three, focused on Warhol’s famous Campbell’s Soup Can paintings in Canberra and stuck her hand to a
Other supporters of the group Stop Fossil Fuel Subsidies scribbled graffiti on the art
Speaking about Wednesday’s protest, Cassen said in a statement: “Andy Warhol portrayed consumerism gone mad in this iconic series. And now we have capitalism gone mad.
“Families have to choose between medicines and food for their children, while fossil fuel companies are returning record profits. And yet our government gives $22,000 a minute in subsidies to the fossil fuel industry.
“We need to take urgent action to prevent the worst effects of climate collapse and large-scale extinctions. Is art really more important than human life?
“I spend my remaining days with incurable cancer and fighting to protect the planet. We only have a limited time. I need people to stand up and join me.”
On October 9, two Extinction Rebellion supporters were arrested after gluing their hands to Picasso’s Massacre in Korea, triggering an evacuation in one of Australia’s largest galleries.
A 49-year-old woman and a 59-year-old man from Extinction Rebellion Australia (ERA) glued their hands to the glass of a framed Picasso painting.
The couple stood on opposite sides of the 1951 piece, each hand-glued to the glass and above a banner that read “climate chaos = war + famine.”
The couple livestreamed their actions as they clung to the painting and started screaming.
Retired teacher and grandfather of five who became Extinction Rebellion Australia (ERA) protester Tony Gleeson was among the protesters.
Extinction Rebellion Australia protester Tony Gleeson (above) said he would ‘definitely’ pull off dangerous stunts again after being arrested for sticking his hand to a Picasso painting
Gleeson was arrested along with two other protesters for their stunt at the National Gallery of Victoria
He said he did not regret his actions and would like to pull a similar stunt again.
“The decision was not taken lightly,” he told Melbourne Radio 3AW host Neil Mitchell.
“It was carefully planned and involved more than two of us. There was a lot of security there so we took that into account, we prepared long and hard for this.
“This is pretty serious. We are facing a climate and environmental emergency.”
Extinction Rebellion is notorious for its disruptive protests, in which supporters burned the Australian flag outside the parliament building, drove a mechanically burning koala prop through Melbourne and hung it in a hammock on the side of Brisbane Story Bridge.