Photofusion is delighted to announce a major exhibition by Argentinian-born photographer Adriana Groisman, whose project has been in development for nearly eight years and marks the 30th anniversary of the Falklands/Malvinas War. Voices of the South Atlantic is a partnership between Photofusion, Autograph ABP and Ffotogallery with a series of linked exhibitions and events hosted in London, Wales and Plymouth.
Voices of the South Atlantic examines issues of War and its consequences. Rooted in the 1982 Falklands/Malvinas War, it includes the voices of people who fought on both sides, as well as civilians who were directly affected by it. Its premise is that fear and loss are universal, and that pain and trauma affect both the losers and the winners.
Colour photographs of landscapes of the Falkland Islands, and black-and-white seascapes of the South Atlantic, act as visual metaphors that allude to feelings of menace, courage and fear, at the same time as showing physical traces of War. By juxtaposing photographs of bloodied and scarred landscapes with testimonies from British and Argentine veterans and Falkland veterans and Falkland Islanders, a dialogue is established between the time needed for the terrain to heal over and the period the men themselves need to recover. The artist explains her motivation for the project:
“After exploring this approach over a period of years, I started a portrait series with the people I had been working with, mostly by pairing former adversaries who had some kind of connection before, during or after the War. I asked them to hand write a personal message for the specific person or persons they would be paired with, regardless of any political or national context.
“The purpose of this multimedia work is to convey a direct and visceral experience that will help people to re-engage with a difficult and painful subject that needs re-examination. It intends to provide a non-prescriptive point of view that allows people who have had differing involvements or opinions on the War to enter a dialogue with the work and with each other. At its core, it is a journey towards reconciliation, replacing the bravery of battle with the courage of compassion and forgiveness.”
Brief but bloody, the Falklands/Malvinas War remains a defining moment in the Falkland’s history as well as Britain’s and Argentina’s. To this day, sovereignty of the islands remains a contentious issue and tensions are mounting over the hunt for oil and gas in the Falkland’s waters.
Tuesday to Sunday: 11:00 – 17:00
Thursday evenings: until 19:00
17a Electric Lane
London SW9 8LA
An additional EXHIBITION EVENT will take place on Tuesday 22nd May @ 7:00pm @ The Frontline Club (13 Norfolk Place, London W2 1QJ) with a rare chance to hear Adriana Groisman talk about the exhibition, and hear about her experiences making the work. For bookings: 020 7479 8960 firstname.lastname@example.org or Purchase tickets online here.