Last week I visited the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in Coventry to look at some of their art collection related to the subject of conflict and resolution. They plan to have an exhibition on this subject in February 2013, for which I will write a short catalogue text. It was great to be taken into the stores of the gallery and be shown various sculptures, prints, and photographs. Amongst these works were ones by Peter Kennard and Cat Picton Phillips, including the well-known ‘Photo-op’ montage of Tony Blair from 2006 and their series ‘Award’ from during Britain’s involvement in the occupation of Iraq.
Also of interest in relation to this subject are two exhibitions that have recently opened at the Open Eye photography gallery in Liverpool, one of the work of Richard Mosse related to conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the other of work by Simon Norfolk of sites of genocide.