Guernica Remakings: 2017, Brighton, UK

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Abstract

Guernica Remakings exhibition held at the University of Brighton Gallery from 31 July to 23 August 2017 encouraged reflection on the role and value of Pablo Picasso's Guernica through artworks remade in its image. The voices of those involved in making artworks were heard alongside the curator and maker Dr Nicola Ashmore. An international range of 21st century collective remakings of Guernica were gathered together for the first time on display. The timing of the exhibition was significant for 2017 marked the eightieth anniversary of the bombing of the Basque town of Gernika in Spain and of Picasso’s anti-fascist painting, created in protest against that attack and others targeting the civilian population of Spain. Within the gallery three areas were dedicated to encourage participation. There was a work space complete with table, chairs, jigsaw, paper, pens and an exhibition trail which invited people to create their own Guernica. A pin board was erected to allow participants to put their Guernica's up on the gallery wall - both were well used throughout the duration of the exhibition. Another pin board invited the general public to display posters and literature related to political activity they were involved in. This activity and engagement caused an expansion to the socio-political scope present in the gallery. The work space was also open as a bookable meeting area. This prompted a residency in the gallery by London based poet Saradha Soobrayen - a collaboration between Saradha and Maude Casey a Brighton based writer and activist and a meeting of a local group who are embarking on the collective creation of a protest banner.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2017
Eventexhibition - University of Brighton Gallery, Grand Parade, 31 July-23 Aug 2017
Duration: 31 Jul 2017 → …

Keywords

  • Guernica
  • Pablo Picasso
  • collaboration / collectives

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