Monday, 29 April 2013
Caught in the Crossfire: Artistic responses to conflict, peace and reconciliation exhibition
Caught in the Crossfire: Artistic responses to conflict, peace and reconciliation http://www.theherbert.org/index.php/home/whats-on/caught-in-the-crossfire1 an exhibition showcasing the work of such artists and designers as Terry Atkinson, Banksy, Barnbrook Design and many more "The exhibition takes us on a challenging journey from the home front to the frontline and back again, as seen through the eyes of artists, soldiers and people affected by conflict. Visitors will travel through divided lands, debate the role of protest art, explore the aesthetics of violence and machinery of war, and reflect upon the aftermath of war where hope emerges and lives are rebuilt. A section of the exhibition focuses on the work of kennardphillipps made in response to the invasion and occupation of Iraq." "Barnbrook's passion for working with Bowie–a musical hero only after the fact–is also crucial. "Only design for the artists you like" is a mantra that many might consider luxurious, but it's entirely imperative to producing effective work, and might be extended to "only work on solutions to problems you care about". Without that central commitment our work as designers is absent of meaning, and we're taking up valuable space on a team. In Barnbrook's work it's become a central tenet that connects his activism with his more commercial passions; a guiding ethos that is at once challenging to apply consistently and necessary in order to live and function as a designer in society."