kennardphillipps - artists peter kennard and cat phillips

OCCUPY EVERYTHING Exhibition 18 April – 26 May 2012, Hales Gallery, London

An exhibition of new work by kennardphillipps, free entry at Hales Gallery, Tea Building, beginning Bethnal Green Road, London. Private View wednesday 18th April 2012 6-9pm then wed-sat 11-6pm until 26th May 2012 – everyone welcome

IRAQ – HOW, WHERE, FOR WHOM? Exhibition 19 April – 6 June 2012, Mosaic Rooms, London

A collaborative exhibition by Iraqi artist Hanaa’ Malallah and kennardphillipps

Private View Thursday 19th April 2012, 6-8pm  everyone welcome

The Mosaic Rooms  226 Cromwell Road  London  SW5 OSW

Exhibition open 11-6pm tues-sat until 8th June 2012

 

see a concise selection of works from kennardphillipps archive of work on the invasion and occupation of Iraq including new, unseen work

 

The work of Hanaa’ Malallah and kennardphillipp share a mutual skepticism of claims that the invasion/occupation of Iraq has brought freedom and a better future to its people. kennardphillipps’ work uses up-to-date archives of press photography and digital print technology. Malallah’s work takes its form from the materials she uses, creating tragic and beautiful forms by creasing, burning and folding.

Working together to create an exhibition of new works whilst responding to each other’s practises, the artists aim to create a powerful and unique conversation.

Considered one of the most original and expressive Iraqi artists of her generation, Hanaa’ Malallah has been working in London since 2007, when she was forced to flee Iraq. kennardphillipps is a collaborative, London-based collective of the two British artists Peter Kennard and Cat Phillips, which began in 2003 in response to the invasion of Iraq.

Watch a short video of one of Hanaa’s pieces Grave Beat here

A special programme of lectures and debates on the nature of democracy, WHAT PURPOSE FREE SPEECH WHEN NO ONE LISTENS, will accompany this exhibition, including talks by the three artists. More details coming soon!

LES FLEURS DU MAL – NEW ART FROM LONDON Exhibition 30/04 – 17/06 2012, GALERIA AWANGARDA, Wroclaw, Poland

 

 

photos: Kristian Buus

Fleurs du mal/The Flowers of Evil/

Charles Baudelaire’s classic collection of poems, Fleur du Mal, are widely regarded as master pieces of the genre.  Showcasing the thoughts of the isolated phantom who wonders the metropolitan landscape in search of some unobtainable respite to the conditions of modern life. This idea of the flâneurand the artist seeking salvation and beauty in an ever more morally corrupt world is central to the working methods and ideas of the group of artists in the exhibition. At once political and aesthetic, the works highlight a growing trend among artists working in the United Kingdom to mix historical reference points with an artistic practice that seamlessly merges with their everyday lives. The project will include photography, video, sculpture, installation and performance works, all of which represent the idea of the artist as a traveller though the urban landscape. The forms these territories take is however many fold, from the virtual spaces imaged by John Russell, to the political protests and conflicts captured in the photographs of Max Reeves or the Situationist drifts of Laura Oldfield Ford.  Kieron Livingstone and Ian Allison have produced a publication with satirises the British government’s austerity plans and has been re-printed in Polish especially for the exhibition. The People Speaks on- going project Talkaoke is platform for public debate that can take place anywhere in the city. It allows strangers who might normally never interact to have conversations and share ideas. By using unusual public distribution methods the publication also repurposes public space.  Emily McMehen’s travels take a more traditional form though her journey’s to Haiti which resulted in the film Lives of the Saints: Achante. Clunie Reid and Edwin Burdis both embrace a dark malaise that Baudelaire would have recognised well. For Reid this involves reworking images from the media to reveal new narratives dominated sleaze and the promise of desire. For Burdis, the world is seen as endless series of personal crisis which perhaps allude to some higher sense of spiritual disentrancement. Lastly kennardphillips and Francis Thorburn are both utopians at heart. Imaging a world free of injustice, but very much living in the world we have today. Through their work they set about out to confront these realities and change the future. In the end, what these entire artists share is not a geographic setting, but an attitude of defiance. They are the flowers breaking though the concrete.

GALERIA AWANGARDA | WROCLAW | POLAND | 30/04 – 17/06 2012

Amnesty International: Made In Palestine

Atlas World Times at the Imperial War Museum 2010

Atlas World Times by kennardphillipps

Atlas World Times was on show at the Imperial War Museum, London as part of an exhibition of artist’s books all addressing the subject of war in various perspectives. Atlas World Times was on display in a formal vitrine but at the artists’ request every double page spread was projected across the gallery wall giving a great viewing of the book in it’s entirety.

“We hope to be finished by lunchtime…..”, National Photographic Archive, Dublin

“We hope to be finished by lunchtime…..” new work criticising the Iraq Inquiry will be on show this July.

Fragments From a Broken World – National Photographic Archive – Meeting House Square – Temple Bar – Dublin 2 – Ireland       July 2nd – August 2nd Admission free

G20 New Number of the Beast 2009

To mark the G20 arrival in London and celebrate the protesters in the City we’ve made a trashed installation down in shopping central

 

 

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Santa’s Ghetto, Bethlehem 2007

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we’re still smoking the jordanian ‘rizlas’ johnny got us from the local shop – their the purest smoke, no glue! anyone know how to import them? We haven’t put up any pictures of our palestinian friends here for fear that they’d get hassled by the israeli authorities – but we think of you lot a lot!

 

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some of our prints next to Sulheiman Mansour’s sculpture of cracked mud – we met Sulheiman, he’s a beautiful artist, done some radical work, he told us of a teahouse he opened for a day in the threatened and abandoned heart of Hebron where the palestinian citizens are terrorised by the young soldiers of Israel and the now present israeli settlers who have been ‘settled’ in the centre of the major palestinian city of Hebron. The palestinians shops and houses are still there but abandoned, under threat from israeli’s, and down there in the heart of the old city Sulheiman and a band of artists opened a teahouse to sit drink tea and discuss anything with regular citizens, israeli troops and israeli settlers. He described it as a successful attempt to start dialogue between whoever came along. Sulheiman is a driving force at the Arts Academy in Ramallah.

We walked down those streets in the heart of Hebron, the palestinian people had to erect cages to cover their streets to protect themselves from missiles being dropped by israelis who occupy the upper floors of the buildings.

the palestinian people had to erect cages to cover their streets to protect themselves from missiles being dropped by Isralis who occupy the upper floors of the buildings

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checkpoint at exact centre of Hebron to stop palestinians from freely accessing their mosque on the other side

checkpoint at exact centre of Hebron to stop palestinians from freely accessing their mosque on the other side

the mosque. This is where the israli occupation of Hebron began, about 10 years ago a group of israeli settlers entered this mosque and shot dead more than 40 palestinian worshippers. From that point on the state of Israel declared it an no go area, state of emergency and encircled it with 4000 israeli troops, after a year Israel lifted the no-go status but left the soldiers in place and began placing israeli settlers in surrounding houses, the state invited the settlers to use the mosque as their place of worship which they do. The Israeli settler population that inhabit the area around the mosque number only 150 people but they have a school. Many choose to sleep outside the city in neighbouring settlements but dutifully bus in every day under military escort in order to occupy the area. 4000 soldiers provide 'security' for this little group of families. The palestinian citizens who had houses and shops in the area have been harassed by the soldiers, which is severe, to a point where most dwellings belonging to them lie deserted. The Palestinian Authority runs an incentive programme that allows free electricity and water and low rent to any palestinian willing to live in these streets, only the very desperately poor take up the offer. Palestinians are allowed to use a small part of the mosque at certain times if they are willing to face the checkpoint that surrounds it.

the mosque. This is where the israli occupation of Hebron began, about 10 years ago a group of israeli settlers entered this mosque and shot dead more than 40 palestinian worshippers. From that point on the state of Israel declared it an no go area, state of emergency and encircled it with 4000 israeli troops, after a year Israel lifted the no-go status but left the soldiers in place and began placing israeli settlers in surrounding houses, the state invited the settlers to use the mosque as their place of worship which they do. The Israeli settler population that inhabit the area around the mosque number only 150 people but they have a school. Many choose to sleep outside the city in neighbouring settlements but dutifully bus in every day under military escort in order to occupy the area. 4000 soldiers provide ‘security’ for this little group of families. The palestinian citizens who had houses and shops in the area have been harassed by the soldiers, which is severe, to a point where most dwellings belonging to them lie deserted. The Palestinian Authority runs an incentive programme that allows free electricity and water and low rent to any palestinian willing to live in these streets, only the very desperately poor take up the offer. Palestinians are allowed to use a small part of the mosque at certain times if they are willing to face the checkpoint that surrounds it.

the mad military aesthetic of the israeli settlement. we would see this one from Bethlehem on our walk home from the Ghetto each night. it's been built in the last 10 years

the mad military aesthetic of the israeli settlement. we would see this one from Bethlehem on our walk home from the Ghetto each night. it’s been built in the last 10 years

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Made In Palestine

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Made in Palestine detail

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the charming israeli apartheid wall, great inspiration for kids growing up alongside it

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Forms of Resistance:Artists and the desire for social change from 1871 to the present. 2007

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Forms of Resistance was a large show at the Vanne Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, Netherlands, for which we remade soldier#1 as a billboard and showed the STOP protest posters surrounding the footage from Lakenheath airbase.

The exhibition Forms of Resistance shows that ‘art and resistance’ are both timeless and universal. Although politically engaged works often put content first, this exhibition shows that art is an outstanding method of transforming content using form.

The exhibition draws on four historical events: the Paris Commune (1871), the Russian Revolution (1917), the Prague Spring (May ’68) and the world after the fall of the Berlin Wall (1989). This division does not pretend to be historically exhaustive but shows how resistance through the centuries has been repeated and revived, and has not been merely limited to social problems of a national nature. Socially conscious artists are often part of a larger movement or organisation, such as the Futurists, Constructivists, Bauhaus, Atelier Populair, Brigadas Ramona Parra or the Angola Committee in the Netherlands. There are also photograph and video collectives, which were particularly prevalent in the 1970s and highlight abuses on every continent. Other people, such as John Heartfield, Adrian Piper, Hans Haacke, Valie Export and Sanja Ivekovic, work alone. Marco Scotini’s Disobedience archive, which contains a collection of manifestations of civil disobedience, provides a social platform for related yet independent forms of protest all over the world.

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Artists and graphic designers have emerged as idealists, accusers, underground activists, guerrillas, anarchists or propagandists at key moments throughout history. Forms of Resistance shows how artists through the ages have used their talents to react to society. Through the explicit political and social context of their art, citizens and governments are addressed directly. It is not so much an act of artistic recognition as a political protestation or an open declaration of sympathy.

Blairaq 2007

Blairaq - An installation of new works by peter Kennard and Cat

Blairaq

pigment ink and pva on newspaper

300cm x 600cm

Leonard Street Gallery, London, Uk  2007

 

Blairaq - An installation of new works by peter Kennard and Cat

32. Installation shot Blairaq,KennardPhillipps, 2007,Leonard Street Gallery,London

detail of bush/iraq portrait

detail of bush/iraq portrait

Soldier #1 billboard in Old Street London 2007

Soldier #1 billboard in Old Street London 2007