About

What is the project about?

This academic research project explores the responses of artists and art institutions in the UK to the 2003 invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq. It investigates:

  • art works produced in response to the Iraq war;
  • how these were commissioned, curated, exhibited, staged, used or performed and how they were received;
  • the implications of this process for broader public engagement in questions of art, war and peace

The project is grounded in cultural and political geography and, while contributing to academic knowledge and debates, also seeks to inform broader discussions of art, war and peace.

Who is running and funding the project?

Art and War: Responses to Iraq is the work of Dr Alan Ingram at the Department of Geography, University College of London. It is supported by a British Academy Mid Career Fellowship for the academic year 2011-2012.

7 thoughts on “About

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  2. Dear Alan,

    This looks like a really interesting (but formidable) project and I have signed up to follow your progress, and from your description it sounds like you will have no other life for a few years! An exhibit of artists’ books from our project will be shown next year (February-July 2013) at the John Rylands Library in Manchester. We hope to have a number of associated events including a reading, talks, book arts demonstrations, film, and a panel. I think that your research would make you an invaluable panel member. Sarah Bodman at UWE in Bristol is my co-coordinator on our artists’ book project which is called “An Inventory of Al-Mutanabbi Street.”

    Would you consider joining a panel during the run of the exhibit?

    Thank you for your comment on our project, and if you are interested I can add you to our project mailing list.

    All my best,
    Beau

    • Dear Beau

      Thank you for this comment and invitation – I’ll be in touch by email.

      The project is ambitious, but, I hope, realistic and worthwhile. It seemed that no one I spoke to really had a view of the range and diversity of individual and institutional responses to the war in the UK and that something might be gained by trying to characterise it, as well as investigating particular dimensions of those responses in some depth. Hopefully I can strike a balance between these two objectives.

      best wishes, Alan

  3. Dear Alan

    I have been making work about memory and conflict since I was at art college back in the 90s. The focus has shifted dramatically from commemorating wars in retrospect to documenting events as they happen. My last major piece of work was a commission for the V&A back in 2010, entitled ‘ThePresence of Absence’. It was a reflection on the number of lives lost during the Second Iraq War, and the way in which fatalities are both reported in the press and commemorated in the public sphere.

    I was interested to see from your list of ‘artists responding to the Iraq War’, how few were women. Maybe I can help to redress the balance…

    Best wishes with the project,
    Jennifer Vickers, Manchester

    • Dear Jennifer, thank you for getting in touch and letting me know about your work. I have tried to catch as much as possible with the project and site and am always happy to hear about things I was unaware of. You’re right about the balance of the list, to which I’ll add you – is the best link to your portfolio?

      Best wishes, Alan

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