Caught in the Crossfire
25 January – 7 July 2013
The art of war: artists respond to conflict, peace and reconciliation in an exhibition that documents the complexities of war at home and abroad over the past 70 years.
The brutality of war as seen through the eyes of artists who have witnessed its horrors and the aftermath. From Eric Kennington’s studies of soldiers in the First World War to Jamal Penjweny’s photographs of the Iraq war, artists offer their interpretations of this peculiarly savage condition. The exhibition includes work by the Turner Prize-nominated artists Langlands and Bell who travelled to Afghanistan as part of the Imperial War Museum’s program to embed artists with the troops after 9/11. It also features kennardphillipps’ satirical responses to the invasion and occupation of Iraq, in particular a picture of Tony Blair using his mobile phone to photograph himself against the backdrop of Armageddon.
A screening of Jane and Louise Wilson’s evocative film installation ‘Unfolding the Aryan Papers’ which was created after a residency at the Stanley Kubrick archive, where the artists discovered the late film director had amassed a vast archive of information on the horrors of the Second World War. Also on show are large format photographs of Afghanistan by the award-winning artist Simon Norfolk.
Works in the show that were acquired with Art Fund assistance include Nalini Malani and Iftikhar Dadi's Bloodlines, Raymond Mason's Belsen Head, Langlands & Bell's, United Nations, and Ross Jones's Exodus.