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Kennard Phillipps
Iraq: a process of resistance

3 — 25 OCTOBER 2008

Photo-Op

Iraq: a process of resistance, is a controversial and inspiring documentation of the visual protest made by artists Peter Kennard and Cat Picton Phillipps against the invasion of Iraq and the decimation of civilian life in Iraq from 2002 – 2008. By appropriating individual press photographs and recombining them in a new context, their work at this new show offers the audience a combative and alternative view of the construction of war.

Peter Kennard and Cat Picton Phillipps began their collaborative work as a means to express their revulsion at the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq. Using their creative skills to express their solidarity with the Iraqi people, the pair produce arresting, politically-charged work that can be used as a resource by anyone protesting against the war - including magazines and newspapers.

The artists comment, “It’s really important for us to show that photographic images from the media can be re-contextualised through the processes of art. Our images intend to rip through the lies of mass destruction peddled by the US and UK government led by George Bush and Tony Blair and the machinations of their stupid & barbaric war. Our work tries to counter the ‘official’ images we are bombarded with every day, and how easy it is to be led by those images which make us react on an emotional level through perceived threats, anguish at suffering and the normalisation of war.”

The show kicks off at the same time as the launch of the 2008 Brighton Photo Biennale curated by Julian Stallabrass. It is part of the Brighton Photo Fringe and is only the 2nd photo-based exhibition for us.