Picasso’s anti-war masterpiece of 1937 was seen anew in this multimedia exhibition curated by Nicola Ashmore.
Guernica Remakings featured artwork from across the globe that remade Picasso’s original Guernica, creating resonances with the original work.
The National Poetry Library and Ashmore commissioned two contemporary poets, So Mayer and Richard Price, to respond to the painting with poems written in response to the symbols in the painting.
Guernica Remakings also offered visitors the chance to read Picasso’s written work and learn about his relationships with poets in his lifetime.
The exhibition included Vasco Gargalo’s satirical illustration Aleppo(nica) (2016) that addresses the Syrian conflict, and Saradha’s scratchboard Chagos(nica) (2017 - 2019) that focuses on the forced displacement of the Chagosians from their island home.
Textile works included a protest banner made in the UK and India through a series of public sewings in 2013 and 2014, contributing to a collective statement against aerial attacks on civilian populations, and the fifth Keiskamma Guernica, commissioned by Dr Nicola Ashmore in 2017. The piece, by the Keiskamma Art Project, records suffering experienced by South Africa’s poorest region, the Eastern Cape, as a consequence of the HIV and AIDS epidemic.
Costumes based on the human figures in Picasso’s artwork were also on display, from Guernica, a play (2011-2012) by Canadian writer Erika Luckert.
Guernica Remakings ran from Friday 26 July to Sunday 22 September 2019.