Witness to War: official art and photography 1999-2003
Witness to war is an exceptional collection of the work of the Memorial’s most recent official artists and photographers. It is an exhibition that reveals not only the striking images of Australian servicemen and women in war zones throughout the world but also their personal stories.
Between 1999 and 2003 four official war artists, Rick Amor, Wendy Sharpe, Peter Churcher and Lewis Miller, along with two official photographers, David Dare Parker and Stephen Dupont, travelled to the hot spots of East Timor, Afghanistan, Iraq and Solomon Islands to capture the service of Australian men and women. Their time on the ground alongside the troops has allowed these artists and photographers to craft bodies of work that give a unique insight into Australia’s role in these regions. They are our witnesses to war.
The locals who lived through the East Timor, Afghanistan, Iraq and Solomon Islands conflicts are portrayed in moments of joy, sadness and reflection. The resilience and positive attitude of the local people shine through in the photographs and works of art displayed in Witness to war.
Witness to War: official art and photography 1999-2003 Gallery City State Start Finish Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery Mornington VIC 15 March 2005 08 May 2005 Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania Hobart TAS 26 May 2005 19 June 2005 Cairns Regional Gallery Cairns QLD 28 October 2005 04 December 2005 Coffs Harbour City Gallery Coffs Harbour NSW 14 December 2005 29 January 2006 Gosford Regional Gallery and Arts Centre Gosford NSW 03 February 2006 26 March 2006 New England Regional Art Museum Armidale NSW 07 April 2006 18 June 2006 S H Ervin Gallery Sydney NSW 30 June 2006 13 August 2006 Mildura Arts Centre Mildura VIC 21 September 2006 12 November 2006