In response to the commemoration of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, former British War Artist, John Keane, visited the country’s “Sites of Memory”, creating these new paintings on his return to his London studio. The exhibition runs from 4 November to 10 December 2016 at Flowers , 82 Kingsland Road, London E2 8DP. More information – flowersgallery.com
The title of the exhibition, “If You Knew Me. If You Knew Yourself. You Would Not Kill Me”, is taken from a banner suspended at a memorial site. It is one of many sites (locally named “Lieux de Mémoire”) that contribute to the country’s ongoing efforts of reconciliation and rehabilitation after the horrific, and almost unbelievable, event in 1994 which saw 800,000 people killed over a period of just 100 days.
Preview the paintings at www.johnkeaneart.com (website by Wil Baldwin at Bound Book).
“John Keane’s reputation as a political artist has been established through a sustained artistic inquiry into the horrors of military and social conflicts around the world, and the effects of media distortion.“ Flowers press release, 2016