Taking a scalpel to the warmongers
Uncertified DocumentsBy Peter Kennard, including new work with Cat Picton Phillipps
30 January–30 March 2008
Pump House Gallery, Battersea Park, London
For the politically engaged, Peter Kennard’s photomontages have always been an inspiration. Not only are they strong and visually relevant, they also speak the unspeakable and deal with issues that are being ignored. From the beginning, his black and white juxtapositions, inspired by John Heartfield’s photomontages, managed to create an imprint in the reader’s mind long after the article it accompanied, affecting the way we relate to current affairs . . .
. . . Although small, the exhibition shows the importance of one of our unseen imagemakers over the past 30 years. However I would have liked to have seen more of the ‘Santa’s Ghetto’ exhibition in Bethlehem last Christmas, where Kennard worked alongside Banksy, Paul Insect, Blu, Suleiman Mansour and others, to draw world attention to the ‘Separation Wall’ – and raise million for local causes.