Award Made During the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq 2003 to Now.

Print
2004 (made)
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Peter Kennard works predominantly with photomontage to create works that address the issues of poverty and the sale and deployment of armaments. His famous poster reproducing John Constable’s Haywain carrying nuclear missiles has become an icon of late 20th-century disarmament campaigning.

Since 2002 Kennard has also used Computer-Aided Design and, with the technological expertise of Cat Picton Phillipps, has produced a portfolio of 15 plates addressing the American invasion of Iraq in 2003 and its consequences. The images are scanned composites of old war medals purchased in Camden Market, London, their ribbons severely distressed by the artists.

In their introduction to the portfolio the artists wrote ‘We gritted the scanner, bled on it; threw torn-up rags, flags and ribbons on it; poured oil then stamped on the stuff, burnt it and spat on the lot…In some of the images we used photographs taken with great bravery by documentary photographers in Iraq. Their commitment to keeping us informed often showed us the extreme degradations that this war has brought upon the Iraqi people.’


object details
Categories
Object Type
Additional Titleno.9 (assigned by artist)
Materials and Techniques
Colour ink-jet digital prints on cotton rag paper
Brief Description
Print no.9 from portfolio 'Award Made during the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq 2003 to Now' by Peter Kennard and Cat Picton Phillipps, published by Martello Press, UK, 2004.
Physical Description
Print from portfolio of 15; plates show a ribboned war medal in various formations of distress. The ribbon is variously torn, shredded, obscured by dust or blood and the medal also obscured or replaced with images from the Iraqi War, such as the hooded heads of prisoners from Abu Ghraib, missile range finders, figure of the wounded or dead. etc. No.9:

medal replaced with stringy shreds of blood.
Dimensions
  • Sheet height: 46.4cm
  • Approximate width: 36cm
Production typeLimited edition
Copy Number
2/100
Marks and Inscriptions
  • 'Peter Kennard Cat Picton Phillipps' (Signed lower right in pencil)
  • '2004' (Dated in pencil)
  • 'no.9' (Numbered in pencil)
Credit line
Purchased through the Julie and Robert Breckman Print Fund
Production
Attribution note: edition of 100 with three sets of artists' proofs
Subjects depicted
Place Depicted
Summary
Peter Kennard works predominantly with photomontage to create works that address the issues of poverty and the sale and deployment of armaments. His famous poster reproducing John Constable’s Haywain carrying nuclear missiles has become an icon of late 20th-century disarmament campaigning.



Since 2002 Kennard has also used Computer-Aided Design and, with the technological expertise of Cat Picton Phillipps, has produced a portfolio of 15 plates addressing the American invasion of Iraq in 2003 and its consequences. The images are scanned composites of old war medals purchased in Camden Market, London, their ribbons severely distressed by the artists.



In their introduction to the portfolio the artists wrote ‘We gritted the scanner, bled on it; threw torn-up rags, flags and ribbons on it; poured oil then stamped on the stuff, burnt it and spat on the lot…In some of the images we used photographs taken with great bravery by documentary photographers in Iraq. Their commitment to keeping us informed often showed us the extreme degradations that this war has brought upon the Iraqi people.’
Associated Objects
Collection
Accession Number
E.231:14-2005

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record createdNovember 25, 2005
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