In his subversive photomontage ‘Haywain with Cruise Missiles’ Peter Kennard inserts three nuclear warheads into John Constable’s iconic painting The Hay Wain (1821). Kennard produced the work in response to the location of US nuclear cruise missiles in rural East Anglia. The work can also be seen as a response to the Ministry of Defence’s decision to produce a leaflet portraying the missiles in delicate watercolours.
Kennard’s work has always been highly political, with his photo montages portraying a staunchly anti-war sentiment. A constant within Kennard’s work is his support for demilitarisation and in particular the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament or CND, for which he has created multiple posters and and artworks
Peter Kennard discusses his protest work and the need for community engagement in Contra Issue 02. We are also delighted to be exhibiting Kennard’s work as part of our exhibition at our launch party - link in bio. - 38 minutes ago