London — A new issue of Transart guest faculty member and advisor Martin John Callanan’s Wars During My Lifetime newspaper will be available at Battersea Arts Centre, London from June 28 through June 30, 2014.
Created for the Whitstable Biennale 2012, Wars During My Lifetime names all the wars fought or ongoing worldwide since 1982, the year the artist was born. The newspaper is accompanied by a town crier who performs the macabre roll call. Neither the written text nor the spoken word comment on the wars, some of them well-known and others more obscure, leaving its length and duration to speak for itself. This presentation of Wars During My Lifetime is part of the exhibition After A War curated by Tim Etchells for the international theater festival LIFT 2014.
Martin John Callanan is an artist whose research-based practice explores the place of the individual within larger systems. He studied Visual Communication (Photography) at Birmingham Institute of Art & Design (BA 2003) and Fine Art Media at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London (MFA 2005), where he has been a Teaching Fellow since 2008. Callanan’s work is exhibited widely, most recently at Noshowspace, London; Or Gallery, Berlin; Casal Solleric, Palma, Spain; White Cube Mason’s Yard, London; Whitechapel Gallery, London. His writing appears in several publications including Art and the Internet (2013) and Future Climate Change (Data Soliloquies) (2011). Callanan is the 2013 winner of the Philip Leverhulme Prize for outstanding research within visual arts.