War on Life: by Kevin Weaver

19 January - 17 March


War on Life is a retrospective collection of artwork created by former news reporter Kevin Weaver, who worked in some of the world’s most dangerous theatres of conflict during the 1990s. Kevin comments on his experiences;
“During the 1990’s I worked as a freelance journalist for several national newspapers and the BBC beginning with covering the spate of revolutions across Eastern Europe – the fall of the Berlin Wall, Romanian Revolution and The Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia – then the wars in former Yugoslavia in Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo. I also covered the Rwandan genocide and the Hutu exodus to Zaire.”
“War is against civilization; it reduces humans to below animals in their behavior and renders domestic appliances useless as basics like gas, water, electricity, food and humanity become compromised and redundant.”
“Having covered many of the wars in the 1990’s as a war correspondent I am now seeking to depict war as an artist using mediums of painting, photographs, light installations, music, sound and redundant domestic appliances. I will also be giving several talks & workshops to supplement the War on Life exhibition at The Beacon Museum.”

Now as an artist living and working in west Cumbria Kevin is using his past experiences to describe the effects of war on individuals caught up in these conflicts. In 2005 he was diagnosed with PTSD having been shot and wounded in 1992 while covering the Bosnian conflict as it began in Sarajevo.

Elizabeth Kwasnik, director at the Beacon Museum comments;
“These events happened within our lifetimes. Many adults will vividly remember news coverage of the Bosnian conflict and the Rwandan genocide. For this reason, this exhibition has a strong cautionary message, but also one of hope. We believe it says something profoundly positive about those who persevered through these times, whilst holding up the memory of those who didn’t survive.”
“Last year we recognized Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January through art, and we will be doing so again in this exhibition as the wider theme of human persecution and genocide is explored in a present-day context.”


The exhibition begins on 19 January and runs until 17 March. Copeland residents who register for a free Copeland Pass can access the exhibition along with the rest of the museum for free. Standard admission rates otherwise apply. Events around this exhibition will be bookable


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