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War, Art and Visual Culture: An International Symposium

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S. H. Ervin Gallery

2 Watson Road

Millers Point, NSW 2000


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Today’s images of war and violent conflict are unlike those of the past – and the stakes are particularly high. News images of attacks on major European cities are immediate and their presentation emotive, videos of ISIS beheadings or military strikes spark across the internet in seconds, and contemporary war artists reflect on these images, sometimes offering alternative perspectives on war and violence. Artists and photojournalists are often embedded with troops, while others risk everything to work independently. Some voices dominate, while others are excluded. In recent years, then, the art and visual culture surrounding conflict is diverse and politically complex. War, Art and Visual Culture is a symposium aimed at exploring these complexities and generating new knowledge in this growing field.

SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney (8:30am - 6:00pm, Monday 25 February 2019)

8:30am Introduction

8:35am Welcome to Country

8:40am Keynote: Professor Joanna Bourke, Birkbeck University of London

Session 1 (Parallel Session: Room 1)
Art, Conflict and Reconciliation (9:30am - 10:50pm)

9:30am: Professor Catherine Speck, University of Adelaide
‘Thunder raining poison’: how contemporary Aboriginal artists are responding to the nuclear bomb tests of the Cold War era

9:50am: Dr Chrisoula Lionis, University of Manchester
Cracking the ‘scopic regime’: Laughter and enactments of statehood in Palestinian art

10:10am: Professor Paul Lowe, University Arts London
Evaluating the role of Artistic production in Post Conflict society: Art and Reconciliation: Conflict, Culture and Community

10:30am: Discussion

Session 2 (Parallel Session: Room 2)
Official and Unofficial (9:30am - 10:50pm)

9:30am: Federica Caso, The University of Queensland
Painting Bodies of War: Australia’s Official War Art

9:50am: Kathryn Brimblecombe-Fox, Artist (Brisbane)
Art and Resistance: New Landscapes in the Drone Age

10:10am: Ally Roche, Australian War Memorial
Gary Ramage, combat photographer: Capturing the Australian soldier in conflict

10:30am: Discussion

10:50am: Coffee Break (10:50am - 11:10am)

Session 3 (Parallel Session: Room 1)
Excluded Voices (11:10am - 12:30pm)

11:10am: Richard Travers, Author (Bowral)
War, Commemoration and Widowhood

11:30am: Dr Sarah Minslow, University of North Carolina Charlotte
The Visual Art of Conflict in Books for Young Readers

11:50pm: Dr Helen Berents, Queensland University of Technology
Aesthetics, Politics and Emotion: Images of dead children in conflict and crises

12:10pm: Discussion

Session 4 (Parallel Session: Room 2)
The Viewfinder (11:10am - 12:30pm)

11:10am: Rola Khayyat, Columbia University New York
Light in Wartime

11:30am: Andrew Tenison, Australian War Memorial
Worshipping Death: The Visual and Audio Language of Martyrdom In Contemporary Jihadism

11:50pm: Alex Beldea, University of Huddersfield
Digital Intifada

12:10pm: Discussion

12:30pm: Lunch Break: 12:30pm-1:30pm

1:30pm: Keynote (Room 1): George Gittoes AM, Artist

Session 5 (Parallel Session: Room 1)
Representation (2:15pm - 3:35pm)

2:15pm: Niall McMahon, Curtin University
Invisible Targets: My Way and the impact of conflict on South Korean war cinema

2:35pm: Emily Shoyer, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
Rendering the Victims of the Nigerian Civil War (Jul 6, 1967 – Jan 15, 1970): The Paintings of Obiora Udechukwu

2:55pm: Kirril Shields, University of Queensland
A Zeitgeist of Atrocity: Amateur Photos and Trans-Generational Renegotiations of the Holocaust

3:15pm: Discussion

Session 6 (Parallel Session: Room 2)
Soldiers (2:15pm - 3:35pm)

2:15pm: Baptist Coelho, Artist (Mumbai)
They agreed to eat biscuits and European bread, but our regiment refused (Indian soldiers’ letters, 1914-18)

2:35pm: Alice Evans, Australian War Memorial
Beyond the Material: The Trench Art of Sapper Stanley Keith Pearl and the First World War

2:55pm: Georgia Vesma, University of Manchester
The Objectified Male American in Catherine Leroy’s ‘Up Hill 881 with the Marines’

3:15pm: Discussion

3:35pm: Coffee Break (3:35pm - 3:55pm)

Session 7 (Plenary Session: Room 1)
Artists, institutions, publics: contemporary responses to conflict

3:55pm: Dr Anthea Gunn, Australian War Memorial
Art in the commemorative museum

4:15pm: Dr Mikala Tai, Gallery 4A
Personal histories, personal archives

4:35pm: Dr Kate Warren, Australian National University
Researching art; Art as research

4:55pm: Discussion

5:15pm: Drinks in the SH Ervin Gallery

6:00pm: End

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