Exhibition, The University Gallery
1 to 25 October 2014
I Witness is a fusion of George Gittoes’ compellingly confronting work. The amalgamation of Gittoes’ works span over the past 45 years. I Witness presents a selection of works from The Yellow House explorations in the 1970s, documentary making and other work in Nicaragua and the Philippines in the 1980s and his documentary-art involvement in the Middle East, Rwanda and Cambodia throughout the 1990s and more recent works from his Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan presence.
Through the mediums of photography, cinematography, paintings, drawings and diaries, Gittoes has travelled, witnessed and documented the essence of conflict and social schisms. The powerful work that has been produced over the years gives an anguishing insight into modern conflict and the implications it can cause.
“Our world has entered a time where no one really knows who is leading us into war, why we are going there and if anyone has any vision of why we are doing it. By creating in a war zone an artist can show ways to heal and mend.”
Please join Curator Dr Rod Pattenden for a cocktail launch and informal discussion of the exhibition and the work of George Gittoes on Wednesday,
1 OCTOBER at 6pm
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Andrew Parfitt will officially open the exhibition and there will be an address by Professor Philip Dwyer – Director, Centre for the History of Violence and Curator Dr Rod Pattenden on Wednesday,
8 OCTOBER at 12 noon
Refreshments will be served at both events – your RSVP is appreciated
Dr Rod Pattenden will speak on George Gittoes – his life and art at a free public lecture on Wednesday,
15 OCTOBER at 12 noon
(meet at Gallery by 11.55 am for a short walk to Lecture Theatre AT25) and on Saturday,
25 OCTOBER at 2pm