Gina Glover's exhibition Napoleon's Telescope is the newest component of her internationally acclaimed Playgrounds of War series. Napoleon's Telescope uses photography, video, scanograms and stereoscopic installation portraits of Napoleon Bonaparte to throw light on Britain's often forgotten military past and how people think of military conflict today.
Napoleon's Telescope provides a more playful addition to Glover's Playgrounds of War series. Glover who is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, uses her pinhole camera to depict the Martello Towers on England's Essex Coast. These brick towers, built in the early 1800s to withstand sea-born assault by Napoleon's forces, are observed through a circular black frame. The influence here is Napoleon's famous telescope. Thus we see the Martello Towers as Napoleon might have seen them, albeit with some recent additions to the landscape, such as caravan sites!
Also included in this exhibition is Glover's film Men of Air. This is the result of a collaboration with the musician and designer Andy West. This film features the strange encounter between a farmer and ghostly presences of airmen on a secret WWII aerodrome in Northamptonshire. The film is based on recollections of his story by people living there.
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