A huge lightbox has spanned the entrance to Chapter Arts Centre for many years now with a host of artists displaying work across the large backlit canvas.
Contrary to popular belief Kennard Phillips is also a mashup – between two artists – Peter Kennard and Cat Phillips who have worked together since 2002 to produce art in response to the invasion of Iraq.
This new work is commissioned by Chapter and Ffotogallery as part of the Diffusion Festival 2017. Where the festival runs from 1–31 May and more information is available at www.diffusionfestival.org
“Their work is made as a critical tool that connects to international movements for social and political change.”
Here the artists have used everyday materials like newspaper, paint and photocollage/montage to create this vast masterpiece.
A large, multi million pound yacht is pictured crashing into an NHS A & E sign whilst mobile phones frantically check share prices and check out the latest protests. This really is a true depiction of the state of the nation!
“In State of the Nations, resistance to the status quo is embedded in the deconstruction of news images and narratives built from everyday materials, photomontage and text. Digging deep into the surface of words and images to visualise the connection between the oppressed majority and the political and financial elites of the everyday, remixing earlier work and creating new artwork addressing contemporary issues relating to Trump, Brexit, the refugee and migrant crisis and nuclear proliferation.” – Diffusion Festival Website
Previously Kennard Phillips have visited Banksy’s Dismaland in Weston-Super-Mare and the Nuart Festival in Stavanger.
Some of their previous work is displayed below:-
Let’s hope some more of their work is displayed around Cardiff too! /hoping