“Traces of War”
Traces of War
We are witnessing war in all kinds of spaces and locations, some predictable and others less so. The elements of war, its violence, antagonisms, exclusions, displacements, populations on the move, people killed and tortured, can have a presence in everyday life.
War is not confined to moments of crisis or battlefield locations. There is a resonance in Michel Foucault’s observation that the ‘roar of battle’ travels silently in our modes of being and interactions, discourses and institutions, and the practices we take for granted. This quotidian aspect of war has political and economic consequences, as well as visceral and emotional effects.
Our exhibition, Traces of War, reimagines war beyond its exceptionality, locating it in spaces where it would be least expected. At the same time, the art works reveal the sheer power of the everyday, as life itself and in its most ordinary makes its presence felt in the most dangerous locations of war.
Working with artists, Jananne Al-Ani, Baptist Coelho and Shaun Gladwell, we explore this enduring and most dangerous aspect of war, namely its presence in the everyday and its imprints variously on landscapes, bodies, memories, words and emotions, as well as the most hidden spaces. Working primarily with photography, film and multi-media installations, all three artists have direct experience of the zones of conflict and war, from Iraq, to India, to Bangladesh, to Afghanistan, and then ‘back home’ where the traces of war are revealed again, as if there is no such thing as leaving war behind.
Cécile Bourne-Farrell and Vivienne Jabri,
curators of the exhibition
Traces of War: A Pre-Exhibition Symposium
You are warmly invited to attend a Pre-Exhibition Symposium on Saturday the 1st October to mark the Traces of War exhibition, opening on the 25th October 2016 at the Inigo Rooms, King’s College London. The Symposium will introduce the artists, Jananne Al-Ani, Baptist Coelho, and Shaun Gladwell, and provide an opportunity for dialogue among scholars, artists, practitioners and interested parties around the subject of the exhibition: the presence and intersection of war with the everyday. Please see attached the provisional programme.
The Symposium will be held from 1.15pm until 5.15pm in the Old Anatomy Lecture Theatre on the 6th floor of the Strand Campus and will be followed by a wine reception. There is no charge for the event, however we ask that you please register your interest here by 24th September and bring some ID with you on the day.
This event is a collaboration between the Department of War Studies, King’s College London and The Courtauld Institute of Art.
Dancing Traces of War
Traces of War, the exhibition curated by KLC – The Department of War Studies, was used as a back bone for a creative dance workshop uniting young girls, War Studies Students and war veterans in the same space. Videographer Noēmie T.J. Phillipson documented the week long creative process, out of which a short documentary film has emerged.
Dancing Traces of War is the story of a very diverse and unlikely group of people, uniting to explore a new language in which to tell their own stories. Also to tell the story of their meeting itself.
Dancing Traces Of War taster
The Making Of “Traces Of War: A Dance Performance” // Part 2
The Making Of “Traces Of War: A Dance Performance” // Part 3