The Sensory War 1914-2014

Published to coincide with The Sensory War 1914-2014, a major group exhibition marking the Centenary of the First World War that explores how artists have communicated the impact of military conflict on the body, mind, environment and human senses between 1914 and 2014.

The exhibition brings together a range of artists both historical and contemporary including Henry Lamb, CRW Nevinson, Paul Nash, Otto Dix, Nancy Spero, Richard Mosse and Omer Fast and also features works by the Hibakusha, the survivors of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima which were created from memory in the 1970s.

The First World War involved a profound re-configuration of sensory experience and perception through the invention of devastating military technologies, which destroyed human lives and altered the environment beyond recognition. Its legacy has continued and evolved through even more radical forms of destruction over the last hundred years.

Throughout the century, artists have struggled to understand the true effect of modern technological warfare finding different way of expressing this assault on the human body.

Published to accompany the exhibition The Sensory War 1914-2014 at Manchester Art Gallery, 11 October 2014 – 22 February 2015.

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