Embassy of Australia - Art Show
20 April - 16 June 2011
10am until 2pm, Monday through Friday
Embassy of Australia
1601 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington DC 20036
Margaret McElvein

Framing Conflict: Iraq and Afghanistan
Works by Lyndell Brown and Charles Green
Open from 10am until 2pm, Monday through Friday
20 April through 16 June 2011

In 2007, Lyndall Brown and Charles Green travelled together for six weeks through the Middle East, Afghanistan and the Persian Gulf as the Australian War Memorial's official war artists.  Embedded with the Australian Defence Force (ADF), they visited Australian bases to record everyday activities and experiences of the Australian servicemen and women.

Framing Conflict: Iraq and Afghanistan is an extraordinary visual documentary featuring more than forty small paintings and large format photographs of  life during war. "With Hitchcockian intrigue the works reveal new and strange configurations of landscape, culture, and technology developed through war,"  notes Warwick Heywood, curator of art at the Australian War Memorial.

Brown and Green have been creating paintings and photographic works together since 1989. They collect images, formulate ideas, and physically work on each painting. The work was developed from thousands of photographs made during their tour. Their collaboration continues the Australian tradition of official war art that began during the First World War.

This travelling exhibit is presented in association with the Australian War Memorial in Canberra which commemorates the sacrifice of Australian men and women who have served in war.  www.awm.gov.au

Framing Conflict: Iraq and Afghanistan is part of the Embassy's anual ANZAC Day Program. ANZAC Day is a national day of remembrance where we remember all Australians who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations.  It is commemorated by both countries on 25 April, the anniversary of the first major military action fought by the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps during the First World War. Other 2011 ANZAC Day events  include the ANZAC Day lecture by Ambassador The Hon Kim Beazley at Georgetown University (20 April), a traditional dawn service at the Korean Veterans War Memorial on the National Mall (25 April) and a commemorative church service at the National Cathedral (26 April.) For more information on these, email Media.US@dfat.gov.au.

The Embassy of Australia is located at 1601 Massachusetts Ave NW. Admission to the Embassy Gallery is free. Photo ID is required to enter. For more information, please email cultural.relationsUS@dfat.gov.au

History Painting: Market, Tarin Kowt, Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, oil on linen, 2008

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