Shock and Awe

23 Apr 2016 – 23 Jul 2016

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11am - 6pm and Bank Holiday

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In collaboration with the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, mac presents: Shock and Awe– a major new commission of drawings by the acclaimed Birmingham artist Barbara Walker


Acknowledging an absence of representation over the past 100 years, Walker’s exhibition concentrates upon the contribution of Black servicemen and women to the British Armed Forces and war efforts from 1914 to the present day. It reflects upon contemporary British conflict alongside historical events of warfare involving Britain and the colonised nations of the British Empire. As the world commemorates the centenary of World War I, this remarkable body of work addresses the stories that remain largely untold.

Poignant and affecting, Shock and Awe alludes to the physical and psychological impact of conflict, and on the often turbulent return to civilian life after war. Through the collection of large scale drawings, Walker reflects upon the contributions of the British West Indies Regiment and the King’s African Rifles, among others, and addresses gender and the under-recognised role of servicewomen from the Caribbean and West India Regiments in World War II.

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