War, Media, and The New World Order poster by David Tomas (1950 - 2019) for the fax and photocopy exhibition at The Centre International d’Art Contemporain de Montréal (CIAC), 1991. Image Courtesy of the Estate of David Tomas.
This poster is from an anti-war exhibition held in Montréal in 1991, which David Tomas and Jamelie Hassan organized together with scholars Jody Berland and Will Straw in response to the the first Gulf War - Operation Desert Storm. Dave was a Montreal-based artist and had strong connections with London artists including Kim Moodie, Jamelie Hassan and Ron Benner throughout the 1980's and early 1990's. He also was included in the international project Travelling Theory co-curated by Fern Bayer and Jamelie Hassan, which was held at the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts in Amman, Jordan and the McIntosh Gallery at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada in 1991.
David Tomas’ poster was inspired by the iconic painting, “The Scream” by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, 1893.
Response from the ECH community:
Thanks for sharing this image. I remember that exhibit so well. There was a lot of political mobilization in Montréal in 1990-1991. The siege of Kanesatake happened in summer 1990. Caravans of activists traveled to Oka daily to support the Mohawk resistance. Dave had done a video piece that addressed “the Oka crisis.” Less than a year later, protests against Operation Desert Storm filled Boulevard René-Lévesque in Montréal in Spring 1991. The post-cold war era began with those acts of state violence. The conditions set in motion in those years have continued over the last 30 years, with what seems to be ever-increasing death and destruction.
For more information on David Tomas' life and work, please visit his website here.
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