Art & War

There’s an inextricable relationship between art and war – and for a good reason. Art has been traditionally used by leaders – be they tyrants, monarchs, or elected statesmen – to promote war. These leaders usually ordered works of art to craft propaganda they could use to generate rapport and popularity for their war policies.

The other way around is also true – art has sometimes been used to express opposition to the war. It has also been used to disparage war opponents, not to mention that many precious artworks are stolen, damaged, or destroyed during wars. More importantly, art is typically used to grieve and recover from a war.

Susan Meiselas documents Nicaragua in intense photos

During her long and successful career, Nicaragua is a subject that Susan Meiselas has continued to explore over the years. Susan Meiselas, a well-known American photographer got close to the Nicaraguan revolutionaries during the late 1970s. At first, she lived amidst the insurgents but when the danger became too real, she traded in the proximity …

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Stephen Dupont’s Afghanistan photos – Live In the warzone

Australia has a couple of documentary photographers and Stephen Dupont is one of the most renowned and awarded. He’s also a photojournalist that has participated in several risky photographic scenes. He has an edge over the world, focusing on producing extraordinary photo essays from some of the most dangerous countries, such as Afghanistan. In his …

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David Guttenfelder’s fascinating photos of Afghanistan at war

The war in Afghanistan has attracted many interested parties and photographer David Guttenfelder is one of them. He traveled to remote countries such as North Korea numerous times but also been to Afghanistan over 20 times since the 2001 US-Led invasion. His main aim here was to document the war and pinpoint its effects on …

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Steve Mumford’s paintings show what happens in war-torn areas

Many artists often find that they have to immerse themselves in the landscapes and the environment that they paint. This not only helps when capturing the true essence of the subjects to be featured in the art, but it also helps the artist gain a deeper understanding of the subjects regarding their feelings, emotions, and …

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Richard Mosse’s Enclave in Congo – Dreamlike & disturbing

In his work across eastern Congo, Richard Mosse focused on capturing the disturbing images of rebel groups fighting as they move from one place to another. The work displays the devastation brought about by the war, such as massacres, refugees, and systematic sexual violence. The entire journey across the country took four years – from …

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Alighiero Boetti’s beautiful Maps of the World

The Mappa tapestries are some of the most important works by Alighiero Boetti. Upon his first arrival in Afghanistan in 1971, Boetti began a continuous collaboration with local weavers to produce embroidered tapestries, using himself only as the referential artist but considering the works a creation of a combined effort. Boetti used simple and mostly …

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