Renowned photomontage artist Peter Kennard to exhibit at Oxford Brookes

Thursday, 17 May 2018

American Football.Pigment Print 2011

Peter Kennard, one of Britain’s most important political artists, will be showcasing a selection of his work at Oxford Brookes University next week as part of the Think Human Festival (21-26 May).

Born and based in London, Peter Kennard is a photomontage artist and senior Research Reader in Photography, Art and the Public Domain at the Royal College of Art.  

With a career spanning over 50 years, Peter’s work has been at the cutting edge of political art since his involvement in the anti-Vietnam War movement. His photomontages, installations and paintings are known globally, gaining exposure on the streets, in newspapers and magazines and in recent years through exhibitions and books.  

His work is displayed in the public collections of several major London museums including Tate Britain's permanent collection.  

I feel that the conjunction of having my work exhibited in a university as part of a festival that encourages students, staff and the public to discuss where humanity is at right now is the perfect situation in which to view it.

Peter Kennard

Working in collaboration with the University, Peter has chosen a selection of his work to display that reflect and highlight themes explored as part of the festival.  

Peter commented: “I’m thrilled to be showing my work at Oxford Brookes University’s Think Human Festival. The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences has organised a large number of talks and events that are totally relevant to the state of the world today and I hope my work will develop the themes through visual means.  

“I have chosen 10 pictures that protest growing inequality, militarism, human rights violations, environmental disaster and war. I think it's vital that universities and artists take on these subjects in a non-formal creative way to show that another world, a more humane world, is possible.  

“I feel that the conjunction of having my work exhibited in a university as part of a festival that encourages students, staff and the public to discuss where humanity is at right now is the perfect situation in which to view it.”

The Gamble.Pigment Print 2011

Peter’s work will be on display in the John Henry Brookes Building at the University’s Headington Campus. There will also be a slide show of his book @earth on display.

The week-long Think Human Festival will feature a wide range of activities, talks, debates and performances which are free and open to all.

Events will be held at the University’s Headington and Harcourt Hill campuses and other venues in Oxford.

The full programme and information on how to book can be found on the website  www.brookes.ac.uk/think-human/

Images: American Football. Pigment Print 2011 and The Gamble. Pigment Print 2011