@earth

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@earth
@earth (Peter Kennard book) cover.jpeg
Author Peter Kennard
assisted by Tarek Salhany
Country United Kingdom
Language Visual, non-verbal
Subject Politics, climate change, human rights, economics
Genre Art, non-fiction
Published 2011 (Tate Publishing Ltd)
Media type Hardback PLC with exposed greyboards
B6 pocketbook: 176 x 125mm
Pages 192 pages
in colour and black and white
ISBN 978-1-85437-984-9

@earth is a 2011 book made by the London born (and based) photomontage artist Peter Kennard with Lebanese artist Tarek Salhany. It is a photo-essay told through photomontage with seven chapters exposing the current state of the Earth, the conditions of life on it and the need to resist injustice.[1] It was released on 1 May 2011 by Tate Publishing.

Apart from the title @earth (which is also in different languages on its back cover) the pocket book contains no words and its story is told in sequences of constructed images.[2]

@earth combines images created digitally over the preceding two years by Kennard with Salhany[3] especially for the project, with Kennard's earlier darkroom based photomontages (spanning over 40 years of work) some of which are part of the Tate Permanent Collection.[4] They have been recontextualised for the book.[5][6] The authors met when Kennard taught Salhany at the Byam Shaw School of Art in London.[7]

Naomi Klein, the author of No Logo and The Shock Doctrine, said of @earth: "This book perfectly captures the brutal asymmetries of our age: heavy weaponry trained on broken people, all-seeing technologies and disappearing identities, perpetually exhaling industry and an asphyxiating planet. If there's a word that's worth a thousand pictures, it's @earth."[8]

@earth was launched during a 3-day event called shooting@earth at Black Rat Projects in London, together with a display of artworks by War Boutique. The centrepiece was a paintball shooting gallery where visitors could fire at silhouetted figures of city bankers.[9] Starting concurrently, an exhibition of works from the book was held at Raven Row in London.[10] The exhibition included prints of the digital works pasted on the gallery walls by dr.d as well as Kennard's earlier montages[11][12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Borromeo, Leah (14 June 2011). "Peter Kennard mumbles at Leah Borromeo". The Comment Factory. Retrieved 9 October 2011. 
  2. ^ Kennard, Matt (6 June 2011). "Peter Kennard on @earth, Giacometti, Heartfield, Banksy, and more". The Comment Factory. Retrieved 9 October 2011. 
  3. ^ Borromeo, Leah (18 May 2011). "Eye blog » Political photomontage Noel Douglas on Peter Kennard’s ‘At Earth’ at Raven Row – last few days". Blog.eyemagazine.com. Retrieved 9 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Tate Collection | Peter Kennard". Tate.org.uk. Retrieved 9 October 2011. 
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ "Tate Channel: TateShots: Peter Kennard studio visit". Channel.tate.org.uk. Retrieved 9 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "TATE ETC. - Europe's largest art magazine". Tate.org.uk. Retrieved 9 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "Press Releases | @earth by Peter Kennard (Tate Publishing)". Tate. Retrieved 9 October 2011. 
  9. ^ Patrick Nguyen Viewpoints: Peter Kennard + War Boutique — ‘shooting@earth’ @ Black Rat Projects, Arrested Motion, 10 May 2011. Retrieved 7 November 2011.
  10. ^ "Raven Row — Peter Kennard. At Earth". Ravenrow.org. Retrieved 9 October 2011. 
  11. ^ Aesthetica (5 May 2011). "Aesthetica Magazine Blog: Predominantly Political Art? Peter Kennard, At Earth, Raven Row, London". Aestheticamagazine.blogspot.com. Retrieved 9 October 2011. 
  12. ^ Gabrial Coxhead "Peter Kennard: At Earth", Time Out London, 6 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-09.