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 be discussing his contribution to political art as one of Britain’s foremost political artists, followed by a Book signing. Free but ticketed - Book through Eventbrite
From Constable’s Haywain with cruise missiles, to Tony Blair’s Iraq War selfie, Peter Kennard has spent 50 years creating uncompromising and hard-hitting protest art. This fully illustrated anthology collects some of his most iconic work.
1968’s revolutionary spirit was a catalyst for Kennard, forcing him to abandon painting in pursuit of a more egalitarian artform; his discovery of photomontage provided an artform through which he could communicate urgent political messages. Year by year, this book exhibits Kennard’s fight against war, nuclear armament and the corruption of government and big business, through images that have come to define modern protest.
Alongside the images are Kennard’s recollections of the history of social movements, protests and activism depicted, as well as details on the genesis of the images and the techniques employed. This collection emphasises the extraordinary contribution Kennard has made to art and politics in the twenty-first century.
Peter Kennard is Professor of Political Art at the Royal College of Art. He is the author of Images for End of Century: Photomontages Equations (Pluto, 1999). Since then, he has published numerous art monographs, and contributed his visuals to publications, magazines and news stories in the press. The exhibition 'Award' by Kennard and Phillipps was exhibited at Street Level in 2004.