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Book Launch: Peter Kennard - Visual Dissent
18:00 on 2 October 2019
Street Level Photoworks
Peter Kennard – Visual Dissent
Wednesday 2nd October 6 – 8pm
Join us for the book launch of Visual Dissent by Peter Kennard, published by Pluto Books.
Peter will discussing his contribution to political art as one of Britain’s foremost political artists over the last fifty years, followed by a Q+A & Book signing.
From Constable’s Haywain with cruise missiles, to Tony Blair’sIraq War selfie, Peter Kennard has spent 50 years creatinguncompromising and hard-hitting protest art. This fullyillustrated anthology collects some of his most iconic work.
1968’s revolutionary spirit was a catalyst for Kennard, forcing himto abandon painting in pursuit of a more egalitarian artform; hisdiscovery of photomontage provided an artform through which hecould communicate urgent political messages. Year by year, thisbook exhibits Kennard’s fight against war, nuclear armament andthe corruption of government and big business, through imagesthat have come to define modern protest.
Alongside the images are Kennard’s recollections of the historyof social movements, protests and activism depicted, as wellas details on the genesis of the images and the techniquesemployed. This collection emphasises the extraordinarycontribution Kennard has made to art and politics in the twenty-first century.
Peter Kennard is Professor of Political Art at the Royal Collegeof Art. He is the author of Images for End of Century: PhotomontagesEquations (Pluto, 1999). Since then, he has published numerousart monographs, and contributed his visuals to publications,magazines and news stories in the press.