Legacy: Roderick Buchanan
Imperial War Museum London
Imperial War Museum London
6 May – 7 August 2011
Legacy is a new exhibition by Scottish artist Roderick Buchanan which opens at Imperial War Museum London this May. Commissioned by the Museum, Roderick Buchanan’s work is a response to the Troubles in Northern Ireland, their legacy and recent social, political and economic change.
The work comprises two highly immersive films, titled Scots Irish / Irish Scots, which follow two Scottish flute bands during 2009/10. Commissioned in England, produced in Scotland and filmed in Northern Ireland, the two films will be shown in the gallery space simultaneously, to give both sides equal levels of representation. They will be accompanied by a series of portrait photographs of the bandsmen involved and supported by a book by the artist.
The bands central to this artwork are Parkhead Republican Flute Band formed in 1978 and Black Skull Corps of Fife and Drum formed in 1981; two grass root organisations living today with the legacy of the Good Friday Agreement.
To create the films, artist Roderick Buchanan assumed a unique position inside two communities actively engaged in British Unionism and Irish Republicanism. Irish Republicans and Northern Irish Loyalists have always sought and found support in Scotland. During the Troubles, bandsmen from Northern Ireland would travel to Scotland regularly in support of Scotland’s major parades; in return Scottish people would do the same for the big parades in Northern Ireland.
Roderick Buchanan says; ‘This has been an extraordinary opportunity to work with groups of people who take the lead communicating their values and beliefs in public. I hope the films are well received and valued as an honest representation of the bandsmen’s experience.’
Diane Lees, Director-General of the Imperial War Museum, says; ‘Roderick Buchanan’s Legacy is a unique visual record which fulfils our aim of commissioning ambitious and original artwork. The films capture the sights and sounds of marching season from two very different perspectives and we hope this challenges visitors to consider how the legacy of conflict continues to have an impact on life in the United Kingdom.’
The Imperial War Museum covers the experiences of all those affected by conflict involving Britain and the Commonwealth from First World War to the present day. The violence associated with Northern Ireland involved long term civil conflict in the United Kingdom, both in Northern Ireland and in Great Britain. It has had major impacts on many aspects of life in the United Kingdom as a whole, as well as broader international implications.
Throughout 2011 Imperial War Museum London is holding a number of small displays and major exhibitions which relate to contemporary conflict. In addition to Legacy, they are a series of photographs by artist Francesc Torres relating to 9/11 to be displayed on its tenth anniversary; the critically acclaimed exhibition Shaped by War: Photographs by Don McCullin opening in October; and an installation relating to the Museum’s War Story project, supported by Boeing, which offers active service personnel the chance to record their role in history.
The work has been supported by Creative Scotland, The Henry Moore Foundation and PF Charitable Trust. It was commissioned by the Imperial War Museum’s Art Commissions Committee (ACC). The ACC is a Committee of the Board of Trustees of the Imperial War Museum and was established in 1972 as a successor to the War Artists Advisory Committee of the Second World War. Ken Howard was the first artist to be commissioned and went to Northern Ireland in 1973 and 1977. More recently, following the events of September 11 and the war in Afghanistan, Paul Seawright and Langlands & Bell undertook commissions to Afghanistan in 2002. Steve McQueen was awarded a commission in 2003 which resulted in his work Queen and Country, a response to British military operations in Iraq.
Admission to Legacy is free
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Supported by Creative Scotland, The Henry Moore Foundation and PF Charitable Trust
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The national museum of the experiences of people who have lived, fought and died in conflicts involving Britain and the Commonwealth since 1914.
The Imperial War Museum is the museum of everyone’s story: the history of modern conflict told through the stories of those who were there. It is an educational and historical institution responsible for archives, collections and sites of outstanding national importance.
The Museum’s five branches are Imperial War Museum London, with six floors of exhibitions and displays; Churchill War Rooms, housed in Churchill’s secret headquarters below Whitehall; the Second World War cruiser HMS Belfast; Imperial War Museum Duxford, a world renowned aviation museum and former Second World War airfield; and Imperial War Museum North, housed in a spectacular award-winning building designed by Daniel Libeskind.