Allen Ball: Photography in a State of Exception: Documents of Contemporary War

Official war art in Canada dates back to 1916. Over its history, some of Canada's most highly recognized and influential artists have participated in the various Canadian war artists programs. Allen Ball's project departs from historical approaches to Canadian war art and, in particular, from the valorization of battle scenes, mythologic depictions of the war machine, and the heroic nature of much of its portraiture. Instead, Photography in a State of Exception offers a critical counter-point that will serve as the basis for an interdisciplinary panel discussion.

06 May 2011

Please join us for the opening of Allen Ball's immersive photographic exhibition "Photography in a State of Exception: Documents of Contemporary War" on Monday, May 9th, 2011 in the Lobby Gallery at the Liu Institute for Global Issues.

Official war art in Canada dates back to 1916. Over its history, some of Canada's most highly recognized and influential artists have participated in the various Canadian war artists programs. Allen Ball's project departs from historical approaches to Canadian war art and, in particular, from the valorization of battle scenes, mythologic depictions of the war machine, and the heroic nature of much of its portraiture. Instead, Photography in a State of Exception offers a critical counter-point that will serve as the basis for an interdisciplinary panel discussion.

Please join Peter Dauvergne on Monday, May 9th at 4pm in the Multipurpose Room at the Liu Institute for Global Issues as he moderates an hour of dialogue between Allen Ball, Rob Stone, and Taylor Owen. Topics include: How does the spectacle of the suffering of others affect us? How can an artist represent an experience of modern war? Is Canada peacekeeping, peacemaking or peacebuilding? And,
what is Canada's role at war?

*Reception to follow.

Please rsvp to http://www.ligi.ubc.ca/events/register.htm.


Bios:

Allen Ball is currently Associate Professor, Painting, and Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Art and Design at the University of Alberta. Over the past 20 years, his work has been
grounded primarily in the practice of painting, interrogating the limits of its forms and extending the language of painting into an expanded field of inquiry. This immersive photographic exhibition showcases explorations stemming from research conducted as an embeddedofficial Canadian War Artist with Canadian Forces Operation Calumet in the Sinai Peninsula.

Peter Dauvergne is Professor of Political Science and Canada Research Chair in Global Environmental Politics at the University of British Columbia. He is currently serving as Director of the Liu Institute for Global Issues. His research focuses on the politics of global environmental change, including current projects on sustainable
consumption and corporate social responsibility.

Dr. Rob Stone, is a Senior Research Fellow in the Visual Culture Research Group at Middlesex University, United Kingdom (currently Adjunct Professor, Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory, University of British Columbia). Dr. Stone is co-founder of the Research Architecture, Visual Cultures and Visual Arts Departments at Goldsmiths College, London, United Kingdom. His critical interests are in sound, architecture, fine art and the creative-theoretical problems of writing about the social and aesthetic relationships between them; and, he has written extensively on the different aspects of the acoustic conditions of warfare.

Taylor Owen is a Post Doctoral Fellow at the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC. He has been a lecturer at the Trudeau Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Toronto, Research Fellow at the Center for Global Governance at the LSE, Fellow in the Genocide Studies Program at Yale University, and was a Trudeau Scholar at Oxford University. His research focuses on the definition, measurement and policy operationalization of human security and he writes widely on the causes and consequences of conflict, peacebuilding, and EU, Canadian and US foreign policy. www.taylorowen.com

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