Empathy and the landscape of conflict

Baguley, Margaret and Kerby, Martin (2019) Empathy and the landscape of conflict. In: Compassion and empathy in educational contexts. Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., Switzerland, pp. 249-269. ISBN 978-3-030-18924-2

Abstract

In early August 2018, the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery (TRAG) in Queensland opened a group exhibition titled Landscape and Memory: Frank Hurley and a Nation Imagined. The artworks created by the eight invited artists responded to official war photographer Frank Hurley’s iconic images taken on the Western Front and in the Middle East in 1917
and 1918. The approach adopted by the artists was framed by the work of Samuel Hynes who argued that though the First World War was without doubt the major political and military event of the age, it was also a 'great imaginative event', one which 'altered the ways in which men and
women thought not only about war but about the world, and about culture and its expressions' (Hynes, 1990, p. xi). This imagining is a version of the war 'that confirms a set of attitudes, an idea of what the war was and what it meant' (Hynes, 1990, p. xi). Such an historical imagining is not, however, synonymous with falsehood; instead, it refers to the layers of cultural meaning that over time encase an historical event (Badsey, 2009). Such an historical imagining is not, however, synonymous with falsehood; instead, it refers to the layers of cultural meaning that over time encase an historical event (Badsey, 2009). This chapter therefore explores the artists’ contemporary reimagining of Hurley’s photographs and a desire to create art that was empathetic to the artist’s original intentions yet able to stand alone as distinct works of art that interrogate the place of war and landscape in the Australian psyche.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: There is also an education kit associated with this exhibition. permanent restricted access to Published version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 July 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 July 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2019 01:33
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2019 04:52
Uncontrolled Keywords: art gallery, compassion, contemporary art, empathy, First World War, Frank Hurley, landscape, war art
Fields of Research : 21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1905 Visual Arts and Crafts > 190502 Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft)
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australia's Past
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-18925-9_13
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/36956

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