Exhibition shines light on raw memories of war

Exhibition shines light on raw memories of war
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The solo exhibition by American artist Jenny Holzer includes testimonies from British veterans who fought in recent global conflicts

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Memories of war are being brought to life at Britain’s Blenheim Palace in a new solo exhibition by American artist Jenny Holzer.

More than 50 artworks – including paintings, LED signs and carved stone benches – recounting raw experiences of war are on display at the SOFTER exhibition, which opened on September 28.

SOFTER: Jenny Holzer at Blenheim Palace launches tomorrow! Don’t miss the free evening projection events too… https://t.co/vyeWYO1swVpic.twitter.com/sJdIOB5ft6

— Blenheim Palace (@BlenheimPalace) 27 septembre 2017

The installations use testimonies collected through British charity The Not Forgotten Association, the writing of Polish artist Anna Świrszczyńska, and information from NGOs and US government documents to present themes of conflict and memory.

The exhibition was inspired by the military history of Oxfordshire landmark Blenheim and by recent global conflicts.

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— Hauser & Wirth (@HauserWirth) 29 septembre 2017

“My first visit to Blenheim Palace left me with too many ideas, on the complex past and its relevance to this knife-edge present,” Holzer said.

_Watch our interview above with Nick Lockhart, an Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran, whose testimony contributed to SOFTER: Jenny Holzer at Blenheim Palace

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