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Canvassing Conflict: Italian Futurism & Artistic Attitudes Toward War Avant Guerre

November 20, 2018

By Sofia Lesmes 20 November 2018  In 1909, Filippo Marinetti published a scathing manifesto on the front page of France’s Le Figaro. The manifesto stated the vision of the newly created Futurist movement, which declared that the artists would ‘glorify war.’[1] This attitude towards conflict was only one of the Futurists’ numerous beliefs, many of … Continue reading “Canvassing Conflict: Italian Futurism & Artistic Attitudes Toward War Avant Guerre”


Art Review: “Red Star Over Russia: A Revolution in Visual Culture 1905-55” (Tate Modern, 8 November – 18 February)

February 2, 2018

  By Natalia de Orellana     Images are repositories of meaning. They are messengers of political ideals, social hopes and human values. Past images come to be read as documents embedded with historical significance, inexorably attesting to the rift between ideology and reality. When graphic designer David King (1943-2016) began to work on the … Continue reading “Art Review: “Red Star Over Russia: A Revolution in Visual Culture 1905-55” (Tate Modern, 8 November – 18 February)”


Strife Feature – Imagining War in Film: The Algerian War in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and Winds of the Aures

June 30, 2017

By Uygar Baspehlivan Cinema – with its potential for access, emotional resonance, and for creating visually-charged meaning – has been significant in the construction and dissemination of cultural ideas and identities and for the molding of specific, nationalized narratives of historical events in the last century. During the presidencies of Charles de Gaulle in France … Continue reading “Strife Feature – Imagining War in Film: The Algerian War in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and Winds of the Aures”


Art, conflict, and the everyday – Traces of War launch event

April 18, 2016

By: Laurie Benson Wednesday 13th April marked the launch of the Leverhulme Artist-in-Residence hosted by the Arts and Conflict Hub and Research Centre in International Relations, Department of War Studies, King’s College London. The residency features the artist Baptist Coelho who introduced his artistic practice at the event. An exhibition entitled ‘Traces of War’ will … Continue reading “Art, conflict, and the everyday – Traces of War launch event”


The cartography of conflict in the work of Marcus Jansen

November 19, 2014

By Tom de Freston: Marcus Jansen, solo show at Lazirides Gallery: ‘Whistleblower’ – 11 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1HR. Until Thursday 20th of November 2014 Marcus Jansen is a cartographer of conflict. A number of his paintings map the impact of war on the urban environment. His current solo show at Lazarides Gallery (London), which comes to … Continue reading “The cartography of conflict in the work of Marcus Jansen”


Review: Lola Frost – Taking Risks

October 29, 2014

By Tally de Orellana: Individuals are guided in their choice between risk-avoiding and risk-accepting strategies by their worldviews – their culture.[1] Reader; think about ‘risk’. The idea will inevitably take your hand through the everyday sphere: whilst investigating new paths, investing in unfamiliar fields or smelling new flavours. As articulated in the quote, risk appears … Continue reading “Review: Lola Frost – Taking Risks”


Charnel house, horses, art and conflict: Interview with Tom de Freston

December 17, 2013

Pablo de Orellana interviews artist Tom de Freston on nature of strife and conflict in his latest paintings on show at Breese Little Gallery. I am at the Bresse Little Gallery, surrounded by twelve large canvases by the artist Tom de Freston. They are powerful political paintings which balance a staggering array of painterly approaches … Continue reading “Charnel house, horses, art and conflict: Interview with Tom de Freston”


Operation Iraqi Freedom’: Ten Years, 189,000 lives, and 2.2 trillion US taxpayer dollars

March 28, 2013

By Maura James You may have noticed the ‘Reel Iraq’ film festival badge Strife hosted on the blog over the past week.  Thursday I attended the festival launch which featured the documentary, ‘The Dreams of Sparrows’ directed by Haydar Daffar.  Daffar chronicles 2003, the year of the US led invasion, in Baghdad Iraq, his home … Continue reading “Operation Iraqi Freedom’: Ten Years, 189,000 lives, and 2.2 trillion US taxpayer dollars”


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