I’m sitting here with you making this interview with the delightful clamour and noise of exhibition preparation going on around us.
My name’s Timothy Prus, I’m a curator at the Archive of Modern Conflict which is a collection of around four million photographs and other kinds of ephemera and graphics, manuscripts and although it’s called the Archive of Modern Conflict, conflict isn’t the only subject we deal with. We try to look at the whole range of genres whether its fashion or politics or sport or any number of things because that’s ultimately all the things are interlinked quite closely together. And in this show we’ve brought together a very disparate and eclectic collection of photographs and objects which uh are being used to express a number of ideas that are sometimes a little bit like an onion skin, kind of many layers to the proposition. The exhibition is called A Guide for the Protection of Public in Peacetime and one of the onion skins underlying the exhibition is that we have to be very careful about believing photos and captions, because they’re just another kind of fiction.
So we’re trying to examine some of the different ways people misremember history and so one of the underlying themes is amnesia in relationship to the remembering and reconstruction of past events in wars. And we’ve taken images from all over the planet from all different times to try to find the linkages which aren’t always apparent. And I hope it’s one of those exhibitions where you can spend quite a time working out the links between the different images.