Text and images: Peter Kennard
Design: Peter Brawne
‘This is the collected works of Britain’s foremost political artist. In the last fifty years our lives have been shaped by world-changing events. From the Vietnam War to the proliferation of nuclear weapons, austerity and environmental catastrophe, Peter Kennard’s art has captured the cruelty and inequality at the heart of capitalism. This collection features Kennard’s work over the last five decades. The images are accompanied by notes from the artist. These describe key events and policies from each year and how the work has been used to struggle against them. An inspiring history of visual dissent, this book is also the perfect starting place to learn how art can play a role in a changing world.’
‘Kennard’s work is haunting. He is a master of photomontage’
‘I take my hat off to you sir’
This fully illustrated anthology showcases key images from Peter Kennard’s work as Britain’s foremost political artist over the last fifty years.
The book centres around Kennard’s images, photomontages and illustrations from protests, year by year, which provoked public outrage; including Israel/Palestine protests, anti-nuclear protests, responses to austerity, climate destruction, and more. Each image is accompanied by captions detailing not only the events in question, but Kennard’s approach to the work, including the genesis of the images and the techniques employed.
Ultimately, the book highlights Kennard’s extraordinary contribution to political art in the twenty-first century.
Peter Kennard is Professor of Political Art at the Royal College of Art. He is the author of Images for End of Century: Photomontages Equations (Pluto, 1999). In 2015, the Imperial War Museum hosted a year long retrospective of his work Peter Kennard: Unofficial War Artist. He has published numerous art monographs, and contributed his visuals to publications, magazines and news stories in the press.
For more information: https://www.plutobooks.com/9780745339870/peter-kennard/