MyWar – Identity and Appropriation under War Condition
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Milica Tomic - One Day

Milica Tomic - One Day

Dates: 12 March – 30 May | Location: FACT, Liverpool

In a period of global unrest, FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) presents a timely exhibition. MyWar explores conflict in a digitally networked world through the work of 12 international artists. Their work investigates the realities and myths of war at a time when the boundaries between the public and the private are being steadily eroded.

The exhibition follows two lines of enquiry. In the first, the artists adopt a radically personal approach to war. In his video work Episode I (2004), Dutch artist Renzo Martens reflects on the narcissism of news media and the role of the camera in places of political unrest. Travelling to war zones, the artist turns the camera onto himself and asks the war’s victims, not what is happening to them, but what they think of him. In the second thread of the exhibition, artists explore the ways web technologies have infiltrated global wars. Joseph DeLappe’s artistic intervention dead-in-iraq (2006-ongoing) adds the names of real war casualties to virtual online recruiting game America’s Army to counteract the anonymity of a mediated war and memorialise its victims. Thomson & Craighead’s A Short Film about War (2009) gathers first person war images and stories from blogs to construct a new, global narrative of a ubiquitous war, distributed across the Internet, without boundaries.

For more information on the exhibition, visit the FACT, Liverpool website.


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