Stories of World War I: Turned Red Earth & Changing the Landscape
Ahead of the centenary anniversary of Armistice Day, join us to hear the stories of soldiers of World War I from across the continent, as told through contemporary art and photography projects.
Lucy Greeves and Eleanor Skan present Turned Red Earth, an illustrated book that weaves together the letters and diaries of World War I soldiers with uncanny, luminous photographs of English weeds and wildflowers to reflect on the unspeakable nature of war, and the ambivalent consolations of nature.
Sarah Kogan's ambitious visual arts project Changing the Landscape traces the footsteps of her great uncle Barney Griew, a map maker and scout, who died in the Battle of the Somme and whose extraordinary archive of letters, drawings, and photographic postcards have inspired the work.
The projects prompt a discussion chaired by Alex Walton, Curator of First World War and Early Twentieth Century art at Imperial War Museums, of precious things we still need to fight for - the common bonds the United Kingdom shares with the other nations of Europe, the protection of landscape, nature and each other from the impacts of war, and a culture that allows vulnerability to co-exist with masculinity.
Turned Red Earth is also on display as part of SPILL Festival of Performance, 25 October - 4 November, as large format prints and sited texts in various locations on Ipswich Waterfront. The White War, part of Changing the Landscape is on display at Museo d'Arte Contemporanea di Cogliandrino (MACC), Italy, 22 September 2018 - 12 November.
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