ART IN CONFLICT
An Australian War Memorial touring exhibition
10 February - 1 April 2024 Main Gallery, Margaret Scott Gallery & Cathleen Edkins Gallery
Art in Conflict is a touring exhibition of contemporary art from the collection of the Australian War Memorial.
A showcase of diverse responses to war, the exhibition includes more than seventy paintings, drawings, films, prints, photography and sculptures. Leading Australian artists are represented, such as Khadim Ali, Rushdi Anwar, eX de Medici, Denise Green, Richard Lewer, Mike Parr and Ben Quilty. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, a collection priority for the Memorial in recent years, is featured, with works by Tony Albert, Paddy Bedford, Robert Campbell Jr, Michael Cook, Shirley Macnamara and Betty Muffler.
Contemporary artists’ responses to conflict bring to light untold stories, reveal neglected histories and deepen our understanding of Australia’s experience of conflict, both past and present.
Supported by research from an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project, the exhibition highlights how war art can lead us to consider different ways of thinking about current and recent conflicts, inviting us to consider perspectives we might not otherwise encounter.
CURATOR FLOOR TALK
Saturday 10 February, 11:00am
Free event. Bookings not required.
Image: Megan Cope, Flight or Fight #1 Old Rivers, Deep Water (Lake Qadisiya & Lake Assad), 2018-2019, used engine oil, ink and acrylic on paper and linen, mounted in North Stradbroke Island blue gum, AWM2019.58.1, image courtesy of the Australian War Memorial