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Pictures of War
Categories: 21st Century, Art, British, War writings, Women
Imprint: Lives and Letters
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Paperback (160 pages)
(Pub. Jun 2009)
Out of Stock
'I realised that the news images of battles, soldiers, ordinary Afghans and Iraqis, roadside bombings, helicopters and tanks, were so numerous that they were passing me by, seen but not noticed... I was in the midst of a war that was having no effect on my everyday life. It was then, in a deliberate attempt to see what I was being shown, that I began to make the drawings in this book...'
Mary Griffiths' knowledge of war began with her parents' stories and a suitcase full of black and white photographs taken by her father during his service in the Second World War. War remained family history and background news until she began to record, nightly for eighteen months, the images of war flickering across her television screen. She stilled the flow of news to make rapid sketches of those who were making the war and those caught up in it, 'seeing' what she was being shown. Her drawings are lucid and humane in their depiction of the fabric of lives lived in war: the handcarts and helicopters, a gunman's stance, the quiet after a roadside bomb. Mary Griffiths abolishes the distance of screened images, compelling us to share her witness.
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