Geographies of War | Iraq Revisited


Art, War and Peace: Responses to the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq


How have artists and art institutions in the UK and beyond responded to the 2003 invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq? How might we think about the entanglement of art, war and peace in light of these responses?

This one-day event will bring together artists and writers with ties to Iraq to reflect on these issues a decade on from the invasion. Reflecting a range of perspectives and practices, talks and discussions will explore the different ways in which the war has been experienced and the diverse forms of creativity through which artists have responded.

How did artists react in the run up to war and how did their practices shift in relation to unfolding events? To what extent have institutions been receptive to artistic interventions in the contested political terrains opened by invasion and occupation? How have things changed with the end of formal occupation but in conditions of enduring crisis and continuing violence? Amid the violence, trauma and ruin of war, how might art practice express resistance, hope or resilience and speak to dreams of peace?

At The Mosaic Rooms, 226 Cromwell Road, London SW5 0SW, 11am-5pm.