by Marko Dutka Published 01/10/2016
On 11 November 2018 it will be the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War.
It is with great pride that I can say that an exhibition of a selection of the final images will be hung throughout Bristol Cathedral from September to November 2018. The final installation will fully utilise the specific, architectural character of the Cathedral.
Twenty-five large panels will be hung throughout the Cathedral. I am now approximately half way through the photography for this project so there will be a considerable archive of images to choose from and therefore it may be a very different selection from the images displayed here.
The building is as well as a place of worship, also a gravesite with numerous bodies interred within its structure. There are a considerable number of memorials to the 'great and good' of Bristol and by hanging images of these graves, the reasons why some are chosen for memorialisation within the Cathedral itself can be explored.
The opportunity to raise the memorials of the 'humble' next to those of the 'great and good' is to me a fundamental point of this exhibition. There are also specific points of reference to the architecture. Thus images of female war graves can be placed in the Lady Chapels, those of sailors in the Maritime chapels, etc. The Cathedral Chapels have visual links such as stained glass windows that can directly refer to installed images. The military Berkeley family originally built the building as an abbey and its original dedicated saints reflect this military bias and thus provide counterpoint for the photographs. In short, the installation will become, albeit temporarily, a part of the Cathedral rather than an exhibition imposed upon it. The project also lends itself to further initiatives that explore the concepts outlined within it. A series of lectures are planned and I started a collaborative project with The Living Memory Project and The Commonwealth War Graves Commission in September 2016. This will allow students from City of Bristol College to use their photographic skills to explore their relationship with these fallen.
By taking this multi-platform approach, I also hope to create a small legacy of my own. Obviously I hope that people enjoy the visual and architectural experience of the installation.
However, by working at these various levels I also hope that the audiences will think beyond this and in their own way re-consider what it means to be a nation at war and what this costs us both individually and as a society.
I will be presenting a Masterclass about this project with a far wider and updated selection of images at the Societes' 2017 Convention.
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This is regularly updated with new images, news and developments. I am also keen to hear from people who have stories about relatives and friends. Their stories, no matter how seemingly inconsequential, are an incredible, untapped repository and would be a valuable contribution to this project.
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