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Thursday, November 18, 2004 13:00
Art In The Age Of Terrorism
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copyright Colin Darke
Detail from Kommunistinen Manifesti © Colin Darke
tinyAn exhibition at the Millais Gallery in Southampton is tackling the very topical issue of terrorism. Artists from all over the world are showing work which they've produced in response to this difficult theme.
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The exhibition explores the various ways in which art can begin to explain the causes, effects and emotions of terrorist acts.

The visual aspect of the art has a big impact on the viewer, managing to speak the unspeakable through the pieces. The work looks at the conflict of different cultures and tries to see the issue from all angles.

copyright Pia Lindman
Detail from Lakonikon, 2004, DVD © Pia Lindman

Artists from countries as diverse as England, USA, Israel, Northern Ireland and South Africa are exhibiting work and they tackle the issue in different ways. Their work is based on terrorism in the broadest sense of the word including an insight into the cultural disorientation of an asylum seeker trying to adjust to a new and sometimes hostile land.

The artists use a varity of methods and media to get the message across. American performance artist Pia Lindman has mimed newspaper photographs of people mourning in Palestine, Israel and America.

copyright Kendell Geers
After the Treason of Images, 2001 © Kendell Geers

Colin Darke, an artist from Northern Ireland is exhibiting a piece consisting of 47 wooden spoons with a communist manifesto handwritten in pencil across them in Finnish.

The artists offer no definite answers to terrorism and in no way trivialise the issue but they hope that their work will help to open our eyes to the problem.

The artists exhibiting are:

Mireille Astore (Australia)
Colin Darke (Northern Ireland)
Mark Gaynor (UK)
Kendell Geers (South Africa)
Pia Lindman (USA)
Misha Myers and Dan Harris (UK)
Khaled Ramadan, Jacqueline Salloum (USA)
Doron Solomons (Israel).

The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication of essays on the topic of art in the age of terrorism as well as contributions from the artists.

Public talks will also be held at the gallery throughout the exhibition.

Art in the Age of Terrorism
Millais Gallery
12 November 2004 – 29 January 2005
Information 023 8031 9916
 
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