Cruising on London, Target London 5, A Set of Photomontage Posters on Civil Defence in London

Catalogue number
  • Art.IWM ART 16020 5
Department
Art and Popular Design
Production date
1985
Place made
Great Britain
Materials
  • Support: paper
  • medium: photolithograph
Dimensions
  • Support: Height 297 mm, Width 420 mm
Alternative names
  • object category: Poster
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Category
art
Gift of the artist, 1995

© The artist

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Protect and Survive (1980) No Cruise Missiles Here – The Labour Party (1980) Could You Stomach This? (1983) Cruising on London, Target London 5; A Set of Photomontage Posters on Civil Defence in London (based on Haywain with Cruise Missiles) (1985) All four of these images were produced by Peter Kennard, a British artist whose work has become synonymous with political protest. Kennard began to use the technique of photomontage when involved in anti-Vietnam War activities. It became his signature style, which he has used to produce some of the iconic images of modern anti-nuclear and anti-war protest. In the 1980s, Kennard worked with organisations including CND, the Labour Party and the Greater London Council. He produced images like these, all unified by their bold use of photomontage, their anger and dark irony. One of his key works – Haywain with Cruise Missiles – juxtaposes John Constable’s idyllic rural scene with the nuclear weapons posing an existential threat to humanity.

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