Artists and War
RUSI Journal, Apr 2003, Vol. 148, No. 2
By John Mackinlay
The war on Iraq has seen a coming-of-age for the press, electronic and broadcast media. In this flood tide of imagery and opinion is there still a place for the artist? What is left to say, and how can a transient observer any longer see or understand the diversity of actors involved in this complicated event?
The formless and dynamic nature of postmodern art frees the artist to take on the equally formless and dynamic nature of post-modern violence. So where are their creations? Where are the images of Srebrenica, Rwanda, Freetown, Mogadishu and all the other terrible events of the 1990s? Are the Turner prize aspirants completely unaware of what happens in the rest of the world or too self indulgent to care?
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