Witnessing The Destruction Of Culture: A talk by Piers Secunda

This lecture describes how Piers Secunda’s abstract painting practice changed direction 20-years ago and became an examination of the destruction of culture. His work has been exhibited internationally since the mid-90s, and was used as a tool of diplomacy between warring factions in Iraq in 2018.

His work is in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; The Iraq National Museum, Baghdad, and on permanent display at the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford University — the oldest Museum in the world.

About Piers Secunda:

Piers Secunda was born in London in 1976 and studied painting at Chelsea College of Art in London. Since the late nineties Piers has developed a studio practice using paint in a sculptural manner, rejecting the limitations imposed by the canvas.

Piers’ work has developed into a research heavy practice, which examines some of the most significant subjects of our time, such as energy and technology history and the deliberate destruction of culture.


Further Reading:

Interview with Piers Secunda, 30 August 2022 – Interview with Piers Secunda – Migrate Art

Ancient Worlds Talks

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