On 26 July 2017, Sedition launches a new digital artwork by Tracey Emin. Because of You I’m Here, an animated video work made exclusively for Sedition for display on screens, is launched as part of the 2017 Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation gala and benefit auction.
The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF) works towards restoring the Earth’s delicate ecosystem, focusing on protecting biodiversity, ocean and forest conservation and climate change.
The 2017 benefit auction is the latest and largest in a series of events hosted by the LDF, where innovators and thought leaders from the environmental, art, film, fashion and other industries come together to raise money and awareness, both of which contribute towards resolving critical ecological issues. Works by internationally acclaimed artists including Yinka Shonibare, Jenny Holzer and a special commission by Lawrence Weiner will be presented in St Tropez and auctioned in an exclusive event on 26 July.
An online auction will also take place, presenting works by established and emerging artists to a global audience. The works presented in the online auction are also on display in an offline exhibition in New York from 3 – 10 August 2017.
Because of You I’m Here is showcased in the online auction and accompanying exhibition as well as being part of a goody bag offered at the LDF VVIP dinner event on 25 July. The work is part of an ongoing series of digital artworks made exclusively for Sedition by Emin which animate neon lettering in the artist’s distinctive handwriting. The work will be available in a limited edition of 250 at $500.
The LDF benefit event will review the progress made and obstacles encountered by the Foundation, drawing attention to current environmental threats and urging visitors to both auctions to contribute to the fight against these threats. Art is an important part of this conversation, bringing nuance, different perspectives and visual appeal to the campaign as well as raising funds through the auction of sought-after works.