Art can prompt us to consider the ways in which the media not only influences our current perceptions of conflict, but also how it shapes the way in which history is written.
Collection IWM. © Yaron Livay www.yaronlivay.com
Artists are often driven by their own experiences, political views or a desire to protest. Their work can propose alternative ideas and provoke discussion.
Collection IWM © kennardphillipps
Going beyond the sensationalism of the front page many artists have sought alternative means to represent the trauma of war, including exploration of memory and loss.
Collection IWM. © Angus Boulton
Shifts in how wars are fought and developments in technology have changed the way we perceive conflict. Artists have responded to these issues encouraging debate on politics and ethics.
Collection IWM. © Edmund Clark
How do artists contribute to our perceptions of war and conflict in an age where our understanding is shaped by the media and the internet?
This autumn, in Manchester, IWM presents its first major exhibition of its national collection of contemporary art produced since the First Gulf War.
IWM holds an unrivalled collection of twentieth and twenty-first century British art, including some of the most significant artists exploring war and conflict today.
Explore the ways in which art can prompt us to think more deeply about current events, their immediate impact and their long-term implications. Hear from the artists themselves and discover what motivates people to create art about conflict.
Featuring many new and recent acquisitions, Catalyst features over 70 works from this national collection on public display together for the first time. Explore photography, film, sculpture, oil paintings, prints and book works ranging from the highly moving to the humorous, philosophical or outraged.
The exhibition includes work by Steve McQueen, kennardphillipps, Langlands & Bell, Miroslaw Balka, Willie Doherty, Paul Seawright, Ori Gersht, Jananne Al Ani and Edmund Clark.
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Sponsored by: The Little Greene Paint Company
Fri 11 October 2013
Sun 23 February 2014
Watch kennardphillipps, Paul Seawright, Langlands & Bell, and Annabel Dover speak about their work and what motivates them to make work about conflict.