kennardphillipps - artists peter kennard and cat phillips

Interview at CND offices by Kate Hudson

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Financial Times Wednesday 12 November 2008



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


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.


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.


kennardphillipps installing the exhibition DEMO at City Hall, London in 2004

No Third Runway / Greenpeace ad in the Independent and Guardian



copy for NO Third Runway ad

Photo Op at G8 protests, Gleneagles, 2005


Photo Op and police boots
g8 gleneagles 2005

Photo Op by kennardphillipps as used by the Clandestine Rebel Clown Army at Falsane blockade during the week of G8 at Gleneagles, Scotland 2005


photos by Kristian Buus

Who’s paying for this?


print on apartheid wall around/ in bethlehem


Lakenheath US airbase,Suffolk 2005

36. Action, American base at Lakenheath, 2005

Peace On Earth Banned By Orange

as reported by the Guardian Wednesday December 24 2003

as reported by the Guardian Wednesday December 24 2003

18. Peace On Earth projection banned by Orange, kennardphillipps,2003

Peace On Earth was commissioned by Damon Albarn for Brighten Up London, organised by Bob Geldof. Images symbolising peace and justice were to be projected at night on public buildings in central London during Christmas 2003. Peace On Earth was to be projected on Trinity House by the river. At the last moment Orange, the sponsors of the project banned the image saying it might offend young children and grandmothers. In it's place an image of Nigella Lawson's mince pies was projected.

DEMO 2004


A film showing kennardphillipps installing the exhibition DEMO at City Hall, London in 2004 – also featuring the making of DECORATION and AWARD

Film by Kristian Buus