Conflicted Memory at the Alan Cristea Gallery

Rita Donagh, Shadow of the Six Counties, 1980, Oil and collage on canvas, 25 x 35 cm, Courtesy the artist and the Alan Cristea Gallery

A new show featuring a group of eight international female artists has opened at Alan Cristea Gallery in London. The artworks of these eight women have an overarching theme: they are largely inspired by personal experiences in war zones and sites of social and political turmoil. Capturing the nuances of broken identities, loss, grief, commemoration and intimacy, Conflicted Memory begs the following question: is art itself accountable for the unwavering documentation of war, and to seek a resolution to the affliction and pain that it causes?

Artists who are showing at Conflicted Memory include Sarajevo-based Adela Jusic, who explores the entanglement of private emotions and thoughts with the ideologies held by the body politic. Jusic’s video installation is resoundingly poignant: it narrates entries from her father’s notebook, which he kept as a soldier before he was killed in the Bosnian War. Dealing with a similar theme of memory as a vicarious experience is Nadia Kaabi-Linke’s multi-media work. She investigates her emotional investment within Tunisian urban landscapes, the latter of which reflect the clash between traditional and contemporary values. Christiane Baumgartner, on the other hand, looks at the homogenising effects of the socialist GDR regime through her work Klassenkamaraden. Another remarkable artist showing at this exhibition is Rita Donagh, who combines elements of architectural drawings, cartography and newspaper images to map the insidious means through which power relations have taken root in Northern Ireland.

Conflicted Memory will be at the Alan Cristea Gallery from 29 April to 1 June.

Alan Cristea Gallery, 31 Cork Street, London W1S 3NU 

All images courtesy of the artists and the gallery.

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