I take my hat off to you Sir, @earth looks great' - Banksy
'What you hold in your hands is a harrowing X-ray of the shadow side of the world ... If there's a word that's worth a thousand pictures, it's @earth.' - Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine and No Logo.
@earth is as revolutionary in form as it is in content. It is a story without words told in the universal language of photomontage, long the favoured medium of radical artists. For the past four decades Peter Kennard has consistently challenged power structures and injustice, from his anti-nuclear works of the 1980s to the powerful images he created in response to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
@earth is a photo-essay in seven chapters, combining new works, made together with Tarek Salhany, with iconic images from throughout Kennard's 40-year career.
Shocking, haunting and unsettling, @earth makes a powerful statement about the current eco-crisis, the arms race and the injustices dominating today's world.
Peter Kennard was born in London in 1949. He is senior tutor in photography at the Royal College of Art and his work is in many major collections, including Tate, the V&A and the Imperial War Museum. His work has been published in numerous publications including The Guardian, The Observer, Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Independent, The Scotsman, New Statesman and Time Magazine.
- Author Peter Kennard assisted by Tarek Salhany
- Artist Peter Kennard
- Pages 192 pages
- Number of illustrations Colour illustrations throughout
- Dimensions 176 x 125 mm
- Publisher Tate Publishing
- ISBN No. 978 1 85437 984 9
Well-produced … with plenty of impact.
I take my hat off to you, Sir, (a)earth looks great.
In @earth, Kennard uses the book format to reflect upon the increasingly decadent and disturbing trends of contemporary capitalism and its drive to war and environmental destruction. However, there are also images in the book and show that reflect upon the potential for change and transformation, offering hope amid the darkness.
Peter Kennard … is an heir to the revolutionary artists of the early twentieth century
Perfection ... [Peter Kennard's] photomontages juxtapose jarringly precise imagery, linking supposedly faraway threats with the idea of home, reminding us that his work should be our work, inhabiting as we do, only one world that floats in a black, empty void.
What you hold in your hands is a harrowing X-ray of the shadow side of the world … If there's a word that's worth a thousand pictures, it's (a)earth
Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine and No Logo
Kennard’s collages are carefully considered, satirical and frequently disturbing takes on political hegemony. Politically engaged art is often accused of merely pointing out the world’s troubles; @earth burns with forty years of a continual refusal to accept the status quo.
This is Tomorrow
Ever since the countercultural '60's, images of the Earth photographed from space have become one of our most potent symbols for ideas of community and shared destiny. In (a)earth, Peter Kennard takes this tradition and turns it around, using photomontage to depict the planet as something broken and abused, ripped apart by the divisive forces of militaism, capitalism, and industrialism.
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