We are delighted to announce that Peter Kennard's series of limited edition prints, Ukraine (2022) have raised a total of £9,250 in support of the Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal.
The edition was produced in collaboration with The School of Arts and Humanities at the RCA, where Kennard is Professor of Political Art, and Richard Saltoun Gallery. More information here.
"The Ukraine flag is now lodged deep in my memory. Daily, film of thousands of women and children fleeing merciless bombing through piles of rubble has a grip on my consciousness. How as an artist do I picture the horror of war in Ukraine? It’s impossible. How to show the level of Putin’s murderous cruelty? Impossible.
These prints are my visceral response to daily atrocity, they are not an analysis of geo-politics leading up to war. What’s not impossible for me is to make marks becoming figures, walking, standing running in front of their flag. The flag doesn’t change, it’s resilient, it’s now a symbol of resistance.
The prints don’t look away but they can’t look directly. They are made to raise money for the Red Cross in Ukraine, to express solidarity with people whose lives are being destroyed. Each print sold is a tiny fragment towards helping people live through and then reconstruct their shattered lives."
- Peter Kennard