Overview participating exhibitions
To Have and Have Not
In their PHOTOMONTAGES the two artists comprising kennardphillipps offer razor-sharp commentary on political and financial elites, and the way in which the two are intertwined with one another at the expense of the majority of the population and the welfare of the planet. Both artists do not see their work as autonomous, but as the visual arm of a protest movement resisting the present political and economic order.
For STUDIES FOR A HEAD portraits of David Cameron, the former PR man who became the prime minister of Britain, were printed on pages of the Financial Times. The paper is torn to pieces to expose the underlying story of the poverty of the many and the wealth of the few. The violent images echo the way the Conservative Party deals with the welfare state, the handicapped, the unemployed and the poor. kennardphillips answer destruction with destruction.
Peter Kennard (England, b. 1949) and Cat Phillipps (Scotland, b. 1972) began working together under the name kennardphillipps in 2002, in reaction to the invasion of Iraq. But they very quickly expanded their territory into an indictment of the abuse of power and war everywhere in the world. The pair make their art for the street, galleries, web and printed media, but also seek to encourage the public to develop their own skills that could contribute to the activist agenda. Their work has been shown in many museums and galleries and printed in countless periodicals.