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Chapman Brothers – “The Disasters of War”, 1999

 

The Disasters of War [1999] – By Chapman Brothers [Jake and Dinos Chapman]

Brothers Jake and Dinos Chapman are part of of movement in British art called Shock Art. Their print series from 1999, “The Disasters of War”, owes a great debt to Francisco Goya’s series of the same name, created from 1810-20. The Chapman Brothers series of prints look at war in general, rather than a specific conflict. The Chapman’s share Goya’s deep concern with the victims of war, but their imagery is quite different. While some of the Chapman prints mimic Goya’s prints or sections of them, others are radically different, updating Goya’s sense of horror with modern imagery and sexual allusions. The Chapman infuse their bizzare world with eruptions of swastiks, genitals and broken body parts to challenge their viewers. These startling oimages make it clear that it has become difficult to shock a modern Western audience with images of violence. European and American society have been desensitized to war’s violence by television news, movies, video games and magazine photographs.

 

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