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Traces of War Exhibition

The Artists

Jananne Al-Ani

Jananne Al-Ani, is a London basedIraqi-born artist. Working with photography, film and video, she has an ongoing interest in the representation of contested landscapes filtered through the technologies of surveillance and aerial reconnaissance in modern warfare. Al-Ani has exhibited widely nationally and internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include In-Dis-Appearance, E-WERK, Freiburg (2015); Excavations, Hayward Gallery Project Space, London (2014); Groundwork, Beirut Art Center (2013) and Shadow Sites, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington DC (2012). She participated in Mom, am I Barbarian?, the 13th Istanbul Biennial (2013); Re:Emerge Towards a New Cultural Cartography, Sharjah Biennial 11 (2013); all our relations, the 18th Biennale of Sydney (2012) and The Futureof a Promise, the 54th Venice Biennale (2011).

Recipient of the Abraaj Capital Art Prize (2011), her work is in the collections of the Tate and the Imperial War Museum, London;Centre Pompidou, Paris; SFMOMA, San Francisco; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo and Darat al Funun, Amman.

Recent publications include Documents of Contemporary Art: Moving Image, edited by Omar Kholeif and published by the Whitechapel Gallery and MIT Press; Hanan al-Cinema: Affections for the Moving Imageby Laura U Marks, published by MIT Press and an interview with Cécile Bourne-Farrellfor Issue 59 of the journal Multitudes, published by Association Multitudes, Paris (all 2015). She is currently Senior Research Fellow at the University of the Arts London.

Baptist Coelho

Baptist Coelho was the 2015-16 Leverhulme Artist-in-Residence at the Department of War Studies, King's College London. A key focus of his practice is to uncover how conflict affects and relates to everyday life. His artistic process, fact-finding and engagement with military and civilian personnel in conflict zones leads his works in various media, including installation, video, sound, photography, performance and sculpture. These explore the notions of conflict, emotion along with thepastand present experience of across varied geographies.

In 2006, Baptist received his Masters of Arts from the Birmingham Institute of Art & Design (BIAD), UK. He was awarded the 'Sovereign Asian Art Prize' (2016) by The Sovereign Art Foundation, Hong Kong; ‘Façade Video Award’ (2011) by Art Today Association, Plovdiv-Bulgaria; ‘Promising Artist Award’ (2007) by Art India & India Habitat Centre, Delhi-India and ‘Johnson Prize Fund’ (2006) by BIAD, UK

Solo Exhibitions include, Goethe-Zentrum, Hyderabad-India (2015); Project 88, Mumbai-India (2015); Ladakh Arts and Media Organization in Leh-India (2015); Pump House Gallery, London-UK (2012); Grand Palais, Bern-Switzerland (2009); Project 88, Mumbai-India (2009); Visual Arts Gallery, Delhi-India (2009) and BIAD, UK (2006).

Baptist’s has exhibited at institutions including, Arab-Jewish Culture Center, Haifa-Israel (2015); Museo de la Ciudad, Cuernavaca-Mexico (2013); Jönköpings Läns Museum, Sweden (2013); CASS Sculpture Foundation, Goodwood-UK (2012); Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing-China (2012); Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo (MAXXI), Rome-Italy (2011); Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon (MAC), France (2011); Zacheta National Art Gallery, Poland-Warsaw (2011); Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg-Austria (2010); HEART - Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Denmark (2010); Gwangju Museum of Art, South Korea (2010), amongst others.  

Baptist has also participated in various artist residencies; conducted workshops, artist talks and panel discussions across Asia, Europe, UAE and South Africa. The artist lives and works in Mumbai. Visit his website

Shaun Gladwell

Based in London, Gladwell's art is known primarily for its investigation into contemporary forms of human movement, spatial experience and transformation. These themes have been explored through video and photographic recordings of the artist himself, as well as other athletes involved inextreme sport. Gladwell uses activities such as skateboarding, parkour, BMX bicycle riding, graffiti, urban exploring or "buildering", as well as completely invented actions, as a means to rethink the function of objects and environments. Through his work, Gladwell proposes alternative representations of the individual and their agency to directly author or re-author their environment.

Gladwell has been exhibiting extensively throughout Australia, Asia, the United States and Europe since 2001. He has participated in many international biennales and triennales, including:  the Yokohama Triennale (2005);  Busan Biennale and Bienal de São Paulo (both 2006);La Biennale di Venezia (2007 & 2009); the Biennale of Sydney, Taipei Biennial and Biennale Cuvée, Linz (all 2008); Cairo Biennial (2010); the Shanghai Biennale, China (2012); The California-Pacific Triennial and SCAPE 7, Public Art Christchurch Biennial, New Zealand (both 2013); as well as la Biennale d’Arte Contemporain, Douai (2015). In 2009, Gladwell was Australia’s representative at the 53rd Venice Biennale.

The artist's solo exhibitions include: The Lacrima Chair, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Collection+: Shaun Gladwell, UNSW Galleries, Sydney (both 2015); Afghanistan: Field Recordings, Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide, Australia (2014); Shaun Gladwell: Cycles of Radical Will, the De La Warr Pavilion, UK, Shaun Gladwell: Afghanistan, Australian Embassy, Washington, and Morning of the Earth, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne (all 2013); Broken dance (Beatboxed), Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney (2012); Perpetual 360° Sessions, SCHUNCK* Heerlen, The Netherlands, Shaun Gladwell: Matrix 162, Wadsworth Atheneum, Connecticut andStereo Sequences, ACMI, Melbourne (all 2011); Portrait of a man: alive and spinning/Dead as a skeleton dressed as a Mountie, Georgia Sherman Projects, Toronto, Canada and Interior Linework/Interceptor Intersection, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney (both 2010)


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