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Tamsin Silvey

Photography-conflict-archive: remembering and challenging histories of modern conflict in art and heritage institutions since 9/11.

My research will look at how archival photographic projects are engaging with and contesting histories of modern conflict within contemporary art and heritage institutions since 9/11. By examining the practices of contemporary artists and curators, I will consider the agency of archival artwork to uphold or contest the historicisation of conflict in relation to the conditions of these institutional spaces. My investigation will consider the role of photography in documenting conflict and the increasingly fraught distinction between art being used to refer to conflict in art institutions and art being used for documentary purposes within heritage institutions.

Supervisor: Dr Gabriel Koureas and Dr Silke Arnold-de Simine.

Image: Edmund Clark’s ‘War of Terror’, 2016 at the Imperial War Museum.