A Green and Pleasant Land

Donovan Wylie (Photographer)

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Group Exhibition at Towner Art Gallery , Eastbourne including works from Wylie's British Watchtowers project.

The contested landscapes of Northern Ireland provide the inspiration for socially engaged photographer Donovan Wylie, who addresses the history and politics of the Troubles in his work.

For a period of over a year, Wylie photographed the borderland watchtowers in Northern Ireland. Working entirely from an elevated
position enabled by military helicopter he created a systematic survey of the towers, their positions and perspectives within
the landscape. Wylie makes direct reference to the relationship between geographical location and war.

This major survey exhibition focuses on artists who have shaped our understanding of the British landscape and its relationship to identity, place and time. Exploring how artists interpret urban and rural landscape through the lens of their own cultural, political or spiritual ideologies, the exhibition reveals the inherent tensions between landscape represented as a transcendental or spiritual place, and one rooted in social and political histories.

Though primarily photography, A Green and Pleasant Land includes film, painting and sculpture by over 50 artists, illustrating the various concerns and approaches to landscape pursued by artists from the 1970s to now.

Artists included in the exhibition : Keith Arnatt, Gerry Badger, Craig Barker, John Blakemore, Henry Bond and Liam Gillick, Paul Caponigro, Thomas Joshua Cooper, John Davies, Susan Derges, Mark Edwards, Anna Fox, Melanie Friend, Hamish Fulton, Fay Godwin, Andy Goldsworthy, Paul Graham, Mishka Henner, Paul Hill, Robert Judges, Angela Kelly, Chris Killip, John Kippin, Karen Knorr, Ian Macdonald, Ron McCormick, Mary McIntyre, Peter Mitchell, Raymond Moore, John Myers, Martin Parr, Mike Perry, Ingrid Pollard, Mark Power, Paul Reas, Emily Richardson, Ben Rivers, Simon Roberts, Paul Seawright, Andy Sewell, Theo Simpson, Graham Smith, Jem Southam, Jo Spence, John Stezaker, Paddy Summerfield, The Caravan Gallery, Chris Wainwright, Patrick Ward, Clare Woods and Donovan Wylie.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherImperial War Museum
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 30 Sept 2017
EventA Green and Pleasant Land: British Landscape and the Imagination: 1970s to Now - Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, United Kingdom
Duration: 30 Sept 201721 Jan 2018


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    Wylie, D., 27 Oct 2011, World: Steidl Verlag. 64 p.

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