Life Indoors? Target London 9, A Set of Photomontage Posters on Civil Defence in London

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  • Art.IWM ART 16020 9
Department
Art and Popular Design
Production date
1985
Place made
Great Britain
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  • Support: paper
  • medium: photolithograph
Dimensions
  • Support: Height 420 mm, Width 297 mm
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  • object category: Poster
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art
Gift of the artist, 1995

© The artist

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Peter Kennard takes a very different approach to Eric Rimmington (displayed alongside), expressing his clear opposition to nuclear warfare. The combination of photomontage and text sends a bold message about the threat and folly of nuclear war in the 1980s. Excerpts from the Conservative government’s ‘Protect and Survive’ nuclear attack guidelines are made to appear absurd next to shocking imagery and survivor testimony. Kennard was commissioned by the Greater London Council (GLC) to make a series of posters as part of its Nuclear Policy Unit’s anti-nuclear campaign. The original series was shown in a display at County Hall entitled Despatches from an Unofficial War Artist to introduce the GLC’s Peace Year in 1983.

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