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Humanities 2018, 7(2), 37; https://doi.org/10.3390/h7020037

Revisioning Australia’s War Art: Four Painters as Citizens of the ‘Global South’

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School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne, Melbourne VIC 3010, Australia
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Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, Melbourne VIC 3006, Australia
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College of Design and Social Context, RMIT University, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
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Received: 29 January 2018 / Revised: 10 April 2018 / Accepted: 12 April 2018 / Published: 17 April 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Pictures and Conflicts since 1945)
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This essay discusses the recent artistic depictions of contemporary war by four artist-academics based in Australia. The families of all four have served in some of the twentieth century’s major conflicts and, more recently, each has been commissioned in Australia or the UK to serve as war artists. Collaboratively and individually they produce artwork (placed in national collections) and then, as academics, have come to reflect deeply on the heritage of conflict and war by interrogating contemporary art’s representations of war, conflict and terror. This essay reflects on their collaborations and suggests how Australia’s war-aware, even war-like heritage, might now be re-interpreted not simply as a struggle to safeguard our shores, but as part of a complex, deeply connected global discourse where painters must re-cast themselves as citizens of the ‘global South’. View Full-Text
Keywords: contemporary art; Official War Artists; Australian War Memorial; painting; photography; global South contemporary art; Official War Artists; Australian War Memorial; painting; photography; global South
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