Art and Politics

July 15, 2010

 

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This series of photographs called ‘Stop the Violence’ by Francois Robert is another example of how powerful simple images can be in conveying anti-war messages.

Recently I was in the National Portrait Gallery in London and one piece stood out Official war artist Steve McQueen’s Queen and Country is a display case that features a full page of stamps for each of the UK servicemen and women killed in the war in Iraq.

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Pulling open a drawer at random (they are not labelled) and looking into the repeated face of a dead soldier is as chilling an anti-war message as any. No need for visceral images or direct statements. And the fact that some of the drawers are, as yet, empty adds to the power.

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