Lowther, Rachel and Reckitt, Helena. 2016. ''F*CK WAR, LET’S MAKE ART''. In: F*CK WAR, LET’S MAKE ART. Glasgow School of Art, United Kingdom 17 February 2016. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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In tandem with Rachel Lowther’s exhibition ‘Nothing compares to the first time getting shot at,’ – for she drew on the GSA Archives and Collections’ World War I holdings to complement her research on contemporary conflicts - Helena Reckitt joined Lowther in conversation.

Following their conversation and talks by Kenny Hunter (Director of Undergraduate Sculpture Programme, Edinburgh College of Art) and Jim Harold, Lowther and Reckitt joined the speakers for a discussion.

Moderated by Ken Neil (Head of Research, The Glasgow School of Art), the discussion addressed questions including: How can (or even should) art respond to the ongoing act of conflict or war? Is there an artistic responsibility to address the political in art? How can an artist speak about / respond to war? What is the responsibility of the artist in such a process? Is there room for humour when linked to such complex subject matter? How can artwork be made in such a way that does not encroach on others’ suffering? In what ways can a feminist position or experience have bearing upon an artistic practice that engages with the subject of war and the political?  Is a figurative approach or representation of the body in art still relevant? In what ways does figuration deal with the monument or anti-monument?

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The symposium was organised by GSA Exhibitions. 'Nothing compares to the first time getting shot at', by Rachel Lowther, which ran concurrently with 'From the service of Venus to the worship of Mars', a show curated by Rachel Lowther and GSA Archives & Collections in Reid Ground Floor Corridor.

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1 November 2015Accepted
17 February 2016Published

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Glasgow School of Art, United Kingdom

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17 February 2016

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29 Sep 2017 10:52

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29 Apr 2020 16:34



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