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Traces of War Exhibition

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Traces of War Exhibition, 26 October- 18 December 2016 

The Inigo Rooms, Somerset House East Wing, King's College London, Strand, London

Traces of War is a major new exhibition from King’s College London. Curated by Cecile Bourne-Farrell and Professor Vivienne Jabri, the exhibition brings together three internationally renowned artists, Jananne Al-Ani, Baptist Coelho, and Shaun Gladwell to explore the relationship between war and the everyday.

The exhibition reimagines war beyond its exceptionality, locating it in spaces where it would be least expected. At the same time, the art works reveal the sheer power of the everyday, as life itself and in its most ordinary makes its presence felt in the most dangerous locations of war.

Working primarily with photography, film and multi-media installations, all three artists have direct experience of the zones of conflict and war, from Iraq, to India, to Bangladesh, to Afghanistan, and then ‘back home’ where the traces of war are revealed again, as if there is no such thing as leaving war behind.


Past Events 

"Traces of War" : A dance performance created by cast of veterans of war and young people. 

28th October, 1.30pm and 2.45pm

The Department of War Studies is delighted to announce its first dance collaboration as part of Traces of War.

Candoco Dance Company  and the cast members of the Charlie F Project present a newly commissioned dance piece performed by students from King’s College London, Cando2 Youth Company, local school children and war veterans. 

The Department of War Studies commissioned two choreographers to work with Cando2, a contemporary youth dance company of disabled and non-disabled dancers and  the Charile F Project, a theatre company of ex-soldiers to work with students and children with little or no dance background to create an original piece of choreography on the impact of war on individuals and the collective. This is the first time in its history, that the Department of War Studies has engaged with dance as a medium to understand and communicate the complexities of war.  Read more about this project here 

The performances moved through spaces around Somerset House East Wing and the Inigo rooms amongst the exhibition works. Three videos capturing the making of the work are online via our Traces of War YouTube Channel

This project was supported by Amanda Faber and contribution from Kings Widening Participation, King’s Cultural Programming  and Somerset House Trust. 

Traces of War: A Pre-Exhibition Symposium, 1 October 2016

1.15-5.15pm followed by a wine reception in the Anatomy Museum.

Anatomy Lecture Thearte, 6th floor,  King's College London, Strand, WC2R 2LS

This event is held in partnership with the Courtauld Institute of Art This Symposium marked the beginning of the Traces of War exhibition, opening on the 25th October 2016 at the Inigo Rooms, King’s College London. The Symposium introduced the artists, Jananne Al-Ani, Baptist Coelho, and Shaun Gladwell, and provided an opportunity for dialogue among scholars, artists, practitioners and interested parties around the subject of the exhibition: the presence and intersection of war with the everyday

Panel discussions were divided into three themes/ panels:

  • Traces of war: The View from Above will explore, in a discussion with the artist Jananne Al-Ani, the relationship between the technologies of photography and flight, with a particular focus on the British landscape.
  • Traces, Fragments and Landscapes of War will delve into the everyday-ness of war by making use of what Baptist Coelho refers to as the ‘fabrics’ of war – literally the materials that have lived in hostile zones.
  • Traces and Introspections in Zones of War focuses on the camera as a means to destabilize the time and space of war, and engages with the work of artist, Shaun Gladwell.



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