KENNARDPHILLIPPS  are a collaboration (Peter Kennard and Cat Picton Phillipps) who have beed working since 2002 to produce art in response to the invasion (and war) of Iraq. It has evolved to confront power and war all across the globe; focusing mainly on the UK’s political figures. The work is made for the street, the gallery, the web, newspapers & magazines, and his lead to workshops that develops peoples’ skills and help them express their thoughts on what’s happening in the world through visual means. There were a number of Kennardphillipps’ work in the Herbert Gallery, many of which I loved.


The first piece I saw, which is pictured above, was a image called Photo-OP (2005), and has become synonymous with anti-war movements and has appeared in numereous publications, newspapers and television programmes since it’s release.

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair (pictured above) strongly supported te foreign policies of the US in his reign from 2000 to 2008. Together the US and Britain led the invasion of Iraq in 2003. This met with strong political and public opposition and millions across the world protested. The playwright Harold Pinted accused Tony Blair of being a war criminal, and this lead to this very design.


This is the 2nd out of 3 or 4 pieces by Kennardphillipps in the Gallery, this one called Solider 1 or ‘Soldier’. It was displayed on a (estimate) a 22ft long, 8ft high wall in the middle of the main art exhibition room. We also discussed this piece in a lecture the following day (back at Uni), and it was very interesting to find out what other people thought about it, including people who could distinguish hidden factors that helped us come to conclusion of what the piece meant. As you can see, the main focus of the piece is the Solider kicking through a door in this very bold, strong, action-filled pose. Below him, is what looks to be a flip flop lying on the floor – this could have something to do with the standard attire of an Iraqi, and then relating to the object we often wear in the ‘heat’ of summer – whether it be a rare occasion in England, or a trip into Europe and the rest of the world in the summer months. You then see very subtle, blurred silhouettes of what seems to be humans – probably intentionally the people of Iraq, signifying us (the UK/US Soldiers) are infiltrating their country, their homes and more importantly their lives.

This piece of work has been displayed in many different forms of media – usually billboards, or in exhibitions, but I love this version, where Kennardphillipps have made more of a 3D model using printouts and just gave the solider his own space off the canvas: