This three-week long exhibition celebrates the work of London artist Peter
Kennard. The exhibition will represent Kennard's practice of forty years through
photomontages, paintings, and new digital images made with Tarek Salhany.
These works are drawn primarily from Kennard's new book (assisted by Salhany),
titled @earth, a 192-page photo-essay (Tate Publishing, £9.99), which will be
available from the day of the opening. The book uses images alone to argue that
the attempt by a few to dominate the majority and exploit global resources has led
to wars and crises of the economy and the environment.
Since the seventies Kennard has been committed to effecting political change by
distributing photomontages through the mass media, with remarkable success,
notably in the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. More recently he has used
other media, including painting and installation, to address social injustice
generally and globally.
Kennard makes images that are immediate and accessible. They are designed to
elicit response from a society complacent to image saturation, as well as gallery
audiences unused to straightforward and unapologetically emotive statements. In
a gallery context Kennard's work questions how images function rhetorically, and
how an art that prioritises political effect might look.
Peter Kennard was born in London in 1949. Between 1965 and 1979, he studied at
Byam Shaw, the Slade and the Royal College of Art. He has had solo exhibitions
at the ICA, London (1981); Barbican, London (1985); and Pump House Gallery,
London (2008). Since 1990 he has also had seven solo exhibitions at Gimpel Fils,
London. His work has been included in the group exhibitions ‘Rude Britannia’,
Tate Britain (2010) (kennardphillipps); ‘Media Burn’, Tate Modern (2006); and
‘Forms of Resistance’, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2007). Kennard is a senior
tutor in Photography at the Royal College of Art, and lives in London.