A journey inspired by stories from Turkey exploring the call-up to military service for people who don’t ‘fit the mould’.
- What constitutes ‘fitness’ or ‘suitability’?
- What philosophies or beliefs are seen as valid?
- How are judgements applied?
- How do they impact on society and an individual’s life, choices, freedoms and wellbeing?
A four-channel film will follow the stories of four individuals – a doctor, and three subjects under assessment at a military hospital. Their characters and stories emerge through the imposed community of the hospital setting.
COnscription will encourage people across all sections of society to question misconceptions, assumptions and attitudes around the position of the individual within the social system, and what it means for the two to be at odds, whilst avoiding a judgmental or prescriptive approach.
A series of events and discussion sessions will complement the exhibition in May, aiming to raise awareness about military service and the alienation this creates for some people. They will reveal some of the issues which don’t currently have the same international profile as other human rights questions.
Venue: Old Truman Brewery, 4 Wilkes Street, London, E1 6QF. Click here for Google maps
Dates: Thursday 2nd – Saturday 18th May 2013
Opening times: Tuesday – Sunday, 11am – 6pm / Friday 11am – 8pm
Part of the Whitechapel Gallery’s ‘First Thursdays’ – 2 May 2013
Private View – invitation only – 3 May 2013 (6pm)
COnscription is the first project in ‘Conscientious Objectors’, a series of collaborative research-based works coming from countries which use conscription and national service.
The project is supported and endorsed by the War Resisters’ International, a London based organisation that exists to promote nonviolent action against the causes of war, and to support and connect people around the world who refuse to take part in war or the preparation of war.