Truth, lies and geopolitics: Photo Op by kennardphillipps

Alan Ingram on Photo Op by kennardphillipps. As a quick plug we’re organising a Creativity and Geopolitics mini-workshop on the 3rd of December to coincide with a few things at RHUL’s base in Bedford Square, central london. More on that very soon.

Art & War: Responses to Iraq

Jonathan Jones has written a short article for The Guardian about kennardphillipps’ work Photo Op, which is on display at the moment as part of Catalyst: Contemporary Art and War at IWM North. For what it’s worth, I read the comments below the line, and many of them dwell on the question of truth and lies, in relation to Tony Blair, the Iraq war and the work itself, bringing to mind the following:

We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth, at least the truth that is given us to understand. The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his [sic] lies. If he only shows in his work that he has searched, and re-searched, for the way to put over lies, he would never accomplish anything.

Pablo Picasso (1923)

(quote via Austin Kleon at

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