Gerry Judah BABYLON

Gerry Judah’s abstract paintings of bombed-out buildings capture the terrible price of modern warfare, from Baghdad to BelgradeRuins hide things.  Not just the memory of what they were, but the memories they still contain.  For years after the Lebanese civil war ended, I would prowl the ruins of downtown Beirut – as a journalist, of course, but truth forces me to admit that I was searching for something more than a reporter’s stories – to find that the poor had gravitated into the collapsed buildings, into the wreckage of dentists’ shops and post offices and stores.  These troglodytes, whole families of them, had fled from their own ruins in southern Lebanon – bombed by the Israelis – to seek sanctuary in bigger ruins.  They were there with their children and their grandparents, with a litter of precious pots and bowls and gas fires and damp bedding, gaunt in the winter cold as the rain guttered down the walls, sweating through the humid summers until the bulldozers came to drive them out.

View Gerry Judah’s ‘Babylon’ on ArtLyst

Duration 20 November 2009 - 24 December 2009
Times 10:00 - 18:00
Cost free
Venue Flowers (Kingsland Road)
Address 82 Kingsland Road London E2 8DP, ,
Contact T +44 (0)20 7920 7777 / /

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