QUAD Senior Curator Peter Bonnell is joined by artist Mark Neville, for an in-depth virtual tour of his exhibition Battle Against Stigma in QUAD Gallery that focused on the issues for ex-service personnel battling with the effects of PTSD, plus the plight of children and young people in warzones in Afghanistan and Eastern Ukraine. This film features subtitles.
3D virtual exhibition tour produced by V21 Artspace.
This exhibition began a year-long themed season 'Wellbeing' at QUAD that continues still and was also the main exhibition as part of FORMAT off year programme. More information on the exhibition can be found here: derbyquad.co.uk/whats-on/exhibition-archive/mark-neville-battle-against-stigma
You can see a short introduction to the exhibition by Mark here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kO4xxypZMpY
You can look through Mark’s significant body of work, and the ‘Battle Against Stigma’ project on his website, here: http://www.markneville.com/ http://www.markneville.com/#/battle-against-stigma
Battle Against Stigma was part of the FORMAT International Photography Festival Off Year Programme Mark Neville works at the intersection of art and documentary, investigating the social function of photography Often working with closely knit communities, in a collaborative process intended to be of practical benefit to the subject, his photographic projects to date have frequently made the people he portrays the primary audience or beneficiary of the work.
The Battle Against Stigma exhibition in QUAD Gallery featured photographs, films, emails from former service personnel and copies of a book, also titled Battle Against Stigma, that recounts Neville’s own personal experience when he was sent out to Helmand in 2011 as an official war artist. The exhibition intended to give some insight into the issue of adjustment disorder and PTSD which he suffered from on his return to the UK.
Paired with the films, photographs and e-mails all relating to Neville’s Helmand experience, are photographs and video interviews the artist made in Ukraine in 2017. Displaced Ukrainians is a collaboration between Neville and the Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS), Berlin. The project focuses on children in Ukraine as one of the most vulnerable groups affected by displacement, and echoes Neville’s photographs of
Afghani youth, often emerging like phantoms from the landscape, mirroring the age of the young UK troops they are engaging with in Helmand.
QUAD and FORMAT would like to thank the Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS), Berlin for the loan of the artworks Displaced Ukrainians. QUAD is funded by Arts Council England and Derby City Council. FORMAT is funded by Arts Council England, Derby City Council and festival partners University of Derby