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16 August 2019

Deconstructing the proof of a war crime

Dr Henry Redwood and artist Vladimir Miladinović explore aesthetic approaches to the legacies of war and ways of imagining transitions to peace 

Vladimir’s ink-wash drawings
Photo by Lyanne Wylde

Undiscernible builds on a two year collaboration between Dr Henry Redwood  and the artist Vladimir Miladinović. It explores how aesthetic approaches to the legacies of war might open up new modes of engagement with, and ways of imagining transitions to, peace. 

Henry and Vladimir focus on a series of intercepted cables linked to the case at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia against General Ratko Mladic. About a third of the intercepted cables are described in the documents as ‘undiscernible’. This leads to questions both about the nature of this ‘proof’ and the question of the role that this proof plays in contemporary society.

The project draws inspiration from Vladimir’s use of ink-wash drawings based on archival material relating to the war in the former Yugoslavia, to ask difficult questions about how particular knowledges of (past and present) violence are produced, and what this means for how societies reconstitute themselves after violence

The is one of the first Artist in Residencies of VEM a collaborative hub for methodological innovation. The network, based within the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy, aims to create spaces of knowledge-exchange and research excellence around visual, embodied and art-based methodologies within, across and beyond Social Sciences. 

Photos by Lyanne Wylde

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Henry Redwood

Lecturer in War Studies