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from an Unofficial War Artist
its form and power, Peter Kennard's art ranks among the most important
of the late twentieth century. It is important because it breaks the consensual
silence surrounding the most urgent issues of the day. His pictures brilliantly
evoke the faces that cry out from the silent war.'
Kennard's work is haunting. Eschewing words, it insists upon not being
forgotten. His images are impossible to convey with words because of their
unmistakable visual texture, suggesting a strange amalgam of X-ray, satellite
image and slag. The future - which for so long was a mine of gory rhetoric
for those holding power - today depends upon those who insist upon looking
beyond their lifetime. And to do this we have to scrutinise, like Peter
Kennard, our nightmares and suppressed hopes. His art cannot be ignored.'
foremost agit-prop artist'