John Keane presents works in multiple spaces at this year's Aldeburgh Festival. If you knew me. If you knew yourself. You would not kill me. is displayed in the Concert Hall Foyer and Switch Room spaces at Snape Maltings whilst At The Front is presented in the Peter Pears gallery.
2019 marks the 25th anniversary of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, when approximately 800,000 people were slaughtered, mostly by hand, over 100 days.
The Aldeburgh Festival presents paintings made by John Keane after his visit to the country in 2015. These powerful paintings, some using fabric and clothing, suggest the haunting absence of the human figure. The title If you knew me. If you knew yourself. You would not kill me. comes from a banner draped over the altar of a church where a massacre had taken place.
The works will be presented around the Snape Maltings site (from 7 June), with additional works at the Peter Pears Gallery, Aldeburgh in an exhibition titled At The Front.
(Read more on At The Front below)
Image: John Keane, Gas, 2002, Oil and inkjet on paper on canvas
At The Front is a selection of Keane’s work exploring themes of military, social and political conflict around the world.
From his appointment by the Imperial War Museum as official artist for the Gulf war of 1990/91, Keane has continued to respond to unfolding events throughout the world. The works on view demonstrate Keane’s preoccupation with violence, terror and the consequences inflicted on individual lives. Also included are a number of ‘Selves’, Keane’s recent more introspective series of self portraits incorporating reactive metallic paint.
'Keane is at the top of his game, a versatile compassionate artist whose gaze penetrates some of the murkiest parts of the human condition.'
In collaboration with Flowers Gallery.