Protest Crowds and Precarious Freedom, at Camberwell College of Arts

Protest Crowd, Chicago, USA, Trump Rally (2016), 2017

Joy GerrardProtest Crowd, Chicago, USA, Trump Rally (2016), 2017
Japanese ink on linen, 195 x 300 cm



This talk by artist Joy Gerrard will explore her practice which investigates protest crowds and occupation of urban spaces, archiving media images from the Trump Resistance, Occupy movement, Arab Risings and many more. Exploring the historical and iconographic qualities of these images, her studio-based work (re)presents them in detailed pen and ink drawings, and more recently large ink works on canvas.Camberwell College of Art, 1 Wilson Road London SE5 8LU

Gerrard is one of the artists exhibiting in Graphic Witness, a show curated by Kate Macfarlane at London’s Drawing Room, running from 18 May – 9 July, opening on 17 May. This exhibition considers the notion of the ‘graphic witness’, a term that harnesses the power of drawing to challenge and question the status quo, to record and reflect protest, as well as to bear witness to social injustices and the horrors of war. Graphic Witness explores the way drawings can both document injustices and become agents that encourage us to act. The artists here use drawing to produce evidence of conflict and suffering, commentaries on injustice and as tools to prompt social change.

Joy Gerrard (b. 1971, Ireland) lives and works in London, and graduated with an MA and MPhil from the Royal College of Art, London. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘shot crowd ’at the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin (2017) and Protest Crowd, Peer UK, London (2015).