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WAR AS EVER!

Onomatopee 89

Tracy Mackenna & Edwin Janssen are interested in the relationship between conflict, looking and art. In War as Ever!, through visual reflection on images of war and violence they investigated the relationship between seventeenth century visual representations and the contemporary role of the media in the representation of war and violence.

War is of all times, so war is now. By making us aware of war and its consequences, and by undermining representations of war, can artists play a role in preventing and ending wars? How can artists make works that relate to war in productive ways? How can the museums and archives that conserve and interpret our memories of war develop their role to mediate for art?

 

The Van Kittensteyn album, a collection of more than 500 prints and drawings dating from 1613 whose subject is the Eighty Years’ Dutch-Spanish War of 1568–1648, served as a starting point. The album, currently part in the collection of the Atlas van Stolk (Museum Rotterdam), was compiled by Willem Luytsz van Kittensteyn of Delft and portrays in bloody reportage the lengthy series of battles; sieges, executions and plundering that dominated the Dutch war of independence against the Spanish.

 

The slide projection WAR AS EVER!: Eighty Years and One Day, also shown at Onomatopee, is made up of a selection of prints from the Van Kittensteyn album and newspaper excerpts reporting the Iraq war on April 1st 2003, the day Tracy and Edwin’s daughter was born. The full exhibition project as shown at the Nederlands Fotomuseum consisted of a double screen slide projection, performative actions, text posters, photographs, educational activities and a conference. The posters included here and designed by the artists, show a series of quotes from Susan Sontag’s book ‘Regarding the Pain of Others’.

 

The images recorded in the WAR AS EVER! publication are complemented by texts by Nederlands Fotomuseum Head of Exhibitions Frits Gierstberg and Lina van der Wolde, Director of the Atlas van Stolk.

Publication

Tracy Mackenna & Edwin Janssen, 2013

WAR AS EVER!

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Type
softcover
Dimensions
170 x 240 mm / 6,7 x 9,44 inch 
Pages
128
ISBN
978-94-91677-07-6
Editor
Tracy Mackenna & Edwin Janssen
Author
Lina van der Wolde, Frits Gierstberg, Tracy Mackenna & Edwin Janssen
Graphic
Stout/Kramer
Language
English
Binding
Japanese binding
Paper
Symbol Freelife E/E49 250 gr (cover) and Aco courantdruk 52 gr (inside pages in Japanese folding)
Edition
500
Color
single-sided full color (viewing pages Japanese fold)
Printer
Lecturis
Image specs
58 full page images in full color, 42 full color images
Translator
Charles Welling and Don Mader
Curator
Frits Giertsberg (Nederlands Fotomuseum), Freek Lomme (Onomatopee)
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THE PEOPLE WHO’VE WORKED ON THIS PROJECT

  • Tracy Mackenna & Edwin Janssen editor, artist website
  • Stout/Kramer graphic designer
  • Lina van der Wolde critic
  • Frits Gierstberg critic
  • Nederlands Fotomuseum partner organisation, co-producer website
  • Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design co-producer website
  • The Carnegie Trust for The Universities of Scotland public fund website
  • Stichting Begunstigers Atlas van Stolk co-producer website
  • Mondriaan Fonds public fund website
  • Municipality of Eindhoven public fund website