Caught in the Crossfire

Since the beginning of the year I’ve been co-curating an exhibition with the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum in Coventry: Caught in the Crossfire: Artistic responses to conflict, peace and reconciliation will open on January 25th 2013. The exhibition will display work that has been acquired by the Museum as part of the HLF’s Collecting Cultures scheme. You can read more about it here.

Throughout the twentieth century, and continuing today, artists have responded to the experiences of people, communities and countries suffering the brutality of war and conflict but also striving for peace, reconciliation and friendship.

Caught in the Crossfire will lead visitors to explore and debate some fundamental issues: the impact of conflict on both the home front and the frontline; the aesthetics of violence and machinery of war; the division of land and separation of people during conflict; attempts made to prevent war through protest, resistance and action; and the aftermath of war where hope emerges and lives are rebuilt.

I’ve really enjoyed working with staff at the museum and with the artists whose work we’re going to display. Over the next few months I’ll blog about some of the individual exhibits that will be in the exhibition.