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“Age of Terror: Art since 9/11”, the consequences of wars and conflicts on contemporary art at the IWM London

Nathan Coley - "A Place Beyond Belief” (2012). Copyright Studio Nathan Coley

IWM London, Age of Terror Exhibition

Until May 28, 2018, the Imperial War Museums London (IWM) presents “Age of Terror: Art since 9/11”, the UK’s first major exhibition to consider artists’ responses to war and conflict since 9/11. The exhibition features more than 40 British and international contemporary artists, including Mona Hatoum, Cory Archangel, James Bridle and Trevor Paglen.

Featuring 50 works of art including film, sculpture, painting, installations, photography and prints, many of which are exhibited publicly in the UK for the first time, “Age of Terror: Art since 9/11” presents IWM’s largest contemporary visual art exhibition.

The exhibition is presented through four key themes: artists’ direct or immediate responses to the events of 9/11; issues of state surveillance and security; our complex relationship with firearms, bombs and drones and the destruction caused by conflict on landscape, architecture and people.  The artworks featured communicate a range of perspectives on subsequent events and their consequences. The exhibition highlights the crucial role of artists in representing contemporary conflict. Artists’ unique ways of communicating through their art provide different levels of understanding. The stories they tell, whether first or second-hand, come from alternative viewpoints not always reflected in the mainstream media.

One of the highlights of the exhibition is Iván Navarro’s The Twin Towers (2011), exhibited in the UK for the first time. Navarro’s fluorescent light installations recede deep within themselves, creating the illusion of an infinite concave space. Alongside the main exhibition galleries, Age of Terror presents Drone Shadow, a site-specific installation by James Bridle installed on the floor of the Atrium at IWM London. From February 7 to 11, Afghan-American artist Aman Mojadidi will share his changing experiences with an intimate performance of ‘home’ in the context of the ‘war on terror’, the migrant crisis, and terrorism in the West. 

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