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Recovering the Past: A Photographic Exhibition by Ian Alderman


Giovanna Di Mauro

College of Europe, PL
About Giovanna
Giovanna Di Mauro holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of St Andrews. From 2015 to 2016, she was a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies of the George Washington University. Her research focuses on visual politics and the political engagement of artists and activists in Eastern Europe. Giovanna is also interested in the use of the arts in peacebuilding and she teaches a class on this subject at the Collegium Civitas in Warsaw. Previously, she has worked for the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, the think tank Europanova, the NGO OSE France in Paris, the NGO and the Italian-Moldovan Chamber of Commerce in Chișinău.
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In this article I argue that, like textiles, photography can be a way to ‘stitch voices’ together. The article is based on an interview with the photographer Ian Alderman and a review of his travelling exhibition Recovering the Past. In his photographs, Alderman superimposes black and white images of groups of Australian soldiers who fought during the Great War and colour images of contemporary deminers during their daily work in the fields of West Flanders. As with conflict textiles, Alderman’s photographic ‘collages’ create objects that draw attention to the immediate and long-term consequences of war. Because of this focus on the effects of war, his photographs can be considered as ‘aftermath photography’. This article first introduces commonalities between photography and textiles. Then, it presents some of the exhibition photographs, connecting them with themes that emerged from the interview.
How to Cite: Di Mauro, G., 2022. Recovering the Past: A Photographic Exhibition by Ian Alderman. Contemporary Voices: St Andrews Journal of International Relations, 3(1), p.12. DOI:
Published on 05 Jan 2022.
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