Art & Compromise (VII): Julian Stallabrass with Clive Stafford Smith – Using Images of War

Wednesday 19 October, 2011 at 2pm

The use of documentary and ‘found’ footage is endemic to contemporary visual arts practice, often employed by ideologically driven practitioners and sometimes exploited for sensation.

Using Images of War will address questions raised by our recent exhibition Gaming in Waziristan: What now does it take to confer artistic status on an image of war? At what point does documentary evidence become ‘art’? Academic Julian Stallabrass will discuss such issues in conversation with international human rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith.

This event is free but booking is essential. To reserve a place email:

A podcast of Art & Compromise VII: Julian Stallabrass with Clive Stafford Smith, Using Images of War (19/10/2010) is distributed by Radio Axis.

Julian Stallabrass is a writer, curator, photographer and lecturer. He is Professor in art history at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London and in 2008 curated Brighton Photo Biennial, Memory of Fire: Images of War and the War of Images. His books include Art Incorporated, 2004 and High Art Lite: British Art in the 1990s, 1999

Clive Stafford Smith is the founder of Reprieve, the international organisation that uses the law to enforce the human rights of prisoners, from death row to Guantánamo Bay. Honours include the Ghandi Peace Award, 2004 and an OBE for humanitarian services, 2000. Reprieve is currently exploring ways in which it can engage with the cultural sector.

Art & Compromise is a series of lectures conceived by Beaconsfield in collaboration with City & Guilds of London Art School to address the various forms and occasions when compromise might enter into art-practice.

Image: Noor Behram, 2010.05.21 Fatima Picture, Documents from the Frontier, Gaming in Waziristan, Beaconsfield, July 2011, Image courtesy the artist

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