‘Re-membering’ the Past: Eyewitness and Post-battle Artistic Accounts of the Falklands War
The Falklands War in 1982 has been described as the last eruption of colonial warfare to be fought by the British Empire. It was conducted under draconian restrictions that controlled the transmission of images, texts, and first-hand front-line narratives. With an imaginative record of commissioning war art in the twentieth century, the Imperial War Museum sent a single artist to accompany troops in the latter part of the war. Linda Kitson’s portfolio of line drawings reinforced positive notions of the authority of the eyewitness. First-hand visual testimony effectively trumped all. This chapter explores the work produced at the time and the body of creative material that later emerged (in Britain and in Argentina), as artists, art therapists, and other visual commentators started to reflect, critique, and celebrate the British Empire’s ‘last colonial war.’
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