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May Ayres Collateral Damage 2016-19 PV

04/10/2019 12:00
13/10/2019 12:34

You are welcome to drop by on Friday 4th of October, to AND eventSpace, 10 Back Church Lane, E1 1LX to see RCA graduate, May Ayres, monumental ceramic sculpture ‘Collateral Damage’. Also join us at AND eventSpace for a Fair Trade cup of tea or coffee or bring a fair trade contribution to share. Open 2pm -  8pm

On the same day you can also visit the famous mural depicting the historical event ’1936 Battle of Cable Street’ nearby on St Georges Town Hall, in Cable Street.   The mural depicts local people coming together on 4 October 1936 to halt Mosely’s “fascists” from marching through the East End of London. The mural was originally designed and painted by Ray Walker, a graduate of the RCA Painting School, and Paul Butler. 

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This is the last of ‘The War of Aggression’ sculptures I began in 2003 as a response to the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq.

Sixteen years later and the carnage, the suffering and displacement of millions of people has never ended. My sculptures during this time attempted to give a voice to the victims who could no longer speak out.

But despite everything the West has done to Iraq, there remains a grass- roots resistance that we at home never hear about, one that actively, non- violently struggles to resist oppressive forces and refuses to be ‘pacified’ by decades of imperialist domination. In ‘Collateral Damage’ I seek to express that spirit. I have attempted to convey the mother’s defiance despite her unspeakable grief, a refusal against all odds to be a victim.

For all the destruction wreaked on their beautiful civilisation, the Iraqis have rebuilt, and they will rebuild again.
May Ayres October 2019