Current Exhibition

The King’s Peace: Realism and War

The National Anthem Band from the series Masquerade: Michael Jackson Alive in Ni
1 Aug 2014 - 26 Oct 2014
Slide show: 
Owen Logan, ‘The National Anthem Band’, from the series ‘Masquerade: Michael Jac
Philip Jones Griffiths, from the book ‘Vietnam Inc.’ (1971) Courtesy of Magnum P
Martha Rosler, ‘Photo-op’, from the series: ‘House Beautiful: Bringing the War H
Paul Strand, ‘The Family, Luzzara, Italy’ (1953) © Aperture Foundation, Inc., Pa
Snapcorps, ‘Hi Ho Giro’ (detail) (1994) Courtesy of the photographers
Grupo de Artistas de Vanguardia, ‘Tucumán Burns publicity campaign sticker’ from
Fred Lonidier, ‘N.A.F.T.A. #16 A/B “’N.A.F.T.A. . . ’ Returns to Tijuana,”/“’T.L
Nermine Hammam, ‘Press’, from the series ‘Unfolding’ (2012) Courtesy of Rose Iss
Page from ‘Workers Illustrated News’, December 1929. Courtesy of Gallacher Memor
Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, ‘Plate 23, War Primer 2’ (2011), Published by

How does conflict abroad relate to culture and society at home? What does it mean to oppose warmongering? What would a genuine and democratic peace look like? Curated by Owen Logan and Kirsten Lloyd, this exhibition brings together a rich array of artworks, photobooks and archival materials which use realist strategies to offer alternative perspectives on warfare and the civil peace.

Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin | Grupo de Artistas de Vanguardia | Nermine Hammam | Eugene Jarecki | Philip Jones Griffiths | Owen Logan | Fred Lonidier | Martha Rosler | Snapcorps with Stuart Platt | Paul Strand & Cesare Zavattini

Read more about the exhibition and find more materials related to the works below.

Download the free gallery guide PDF.

Download the free newspaper essay, or pick up a copy when you visit Stills.

Click here to download the free digital version of War Primer 2 (EPUB, Kindle & PDF formats)

The associated events programme includes an artist talk by Oliver Chanarin from the Deutsche Börse photography prize-winning partnership Broomberg & Chanarin; an insightful talk which draws attention to the links between Cold War politics and Paul Strand’s Hebridean photobook and a special screening of the controversial documentary The Act of Killing at the Filmhouse cinema.

Thursday 25 September | 6PM | Artist Talk | Oliver Chanarin War Primer 2
Friday 26 September | 11AM | ECA Friday Talk | Oliver Chanarin
Wednesday 1 October | 6PM | Talk | Fraser MacDonald | Paul Strand and the Hebridean Cold War
Saturday 25 October | 1PM | Screening & Discussion | The Act of Killing 

Watch curator Kirsten Lloyd talk about the exhibtion on Art in Scotland TV.

Watch the original Hi Ho Giro by Snapcorp. The new documentary based on this work is being shown in the exhibition.

The King’s Peace | Realism & War is part of Edinburgh Art Festival 2014 and GENERATION: a major, nationwide exhibition programme showcasing some of the best and most significant artists to have emerged from Scotland over the last 25 years. It shows the generation of ideas, of experiences, and of world-class art on an unparalleled scale by over 100 artists in more than 60 venues.

Stills’ contribution to the GENERATION programme centres on the work of Owen Logan. As well as presenting his photo-essay Masquerade: Michael Jackson Alive in Nigeria (2001-2005) for the first time in Scotland, Logan has been invited to expand upon its themes by co-curating The King’s Peace exhibition

Supported by Creative Scotland | GENERATION 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland | The University of Edinburgh


GENERATION is delivered as a partnership between the National Galleries of Scotland, Glasgow Life and Creative Scotland and is part of Culture 2014, the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme. Full listings and details of artists involved can be found at


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Image The National Anthem Band from the series Masquerade: Michael Jackson Alive in Nigeria (2001-2005) Owen Logan