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Portraits of Red Caps killed in Iraq immortalised in stamps
Samantha Howard from The Imperial War Museum North, views stamps bearing pictures of Lance Corporal Thomas Keys, (front) Corporal Simon Miller, who were both killed in Iraq -from Steve McQueen's 'Queen and Country' installation
THE PORTRAITS of six Red Caps killed – including three from North Yorshire and the North-East – are featured in a set of stamps going on display in major new exhibition previewed today (Wednesday, October 9).
Queen and Country by Steve McQueen, a work that commemorates the individual British service personnel who died during the Iraq War, forms part of Time Catalyst: Contemporary Art and War unveiled at the Imperial War Museum (IWM) North in Salford, Greater Manchester.
The military policemen killed - Corporal Paul Long, 24, from South Tyneside, Corporal Simon Miller, 21, from Washington, Wearside, Sergeant Simon Hamilton-Jewell, 41, from Surrey, Corporal Russell Aston, 30, from Derbyshire, Lance Corporal Benjamin Hyde, 23, from Northallerton, North Yorkshire, and Lance Corporal Tom Keys, 20, from Wales - had been training Iraqi officers when the station came under attack in southern Iraq in June 2003.
McQueen was commissioned by IWM in 2003 and visited Iraq shortly afterwards to research ideas.
Best known as a filmmaker, McQueen was frustrated by the limited opportunities to film in Basra and sought alternative means to respond to the conflict.
He hopes that eventually the portraits, selected by the families of the deceased, will be issued as stamps.
The exhibition explores how the new media age has freed artists from the burden of documenting war and how art has changed from previous conflicts when what was produced often reflected the views of the leaders or governments who commissioned the piece.
Including photography, film, sculpture, oil paintings and prints, the exhibition opens on Saturday, October 12 and runs until February 23 next year.
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