No More War

"Art cannot change the world, but it has the power to inspire those who can"

The past twenty years has seen a Western foreign policy based on war in the Middle East and Afghanistan. Since 9/11 US-led conflicts have resulted in the deaths of 387,072 civilians, displaced 38,000,000 from their homes and come at a financial cost of over $8tn. As recent events in Afghanistan have shown, these terrible costs have still not achieved any of the intended outcomes.

Now is the moment to reflect on twenty years of failed Western intervention and say: no more war. Rather, let's look to a more nurturing foreign policy that increases foreign aid. Every dollar that feeds the industrial military complex starves a generation of education, healthcare and safety.

As a photographer I have spent the past decade documenting these wars and witnessing the realities on the ground. It is these experiences that led me to found the Legacy of War Foundation with the intended aims of both supporting communities rebuilding after conflict, and also to campaign against the use of military force in foreign policy.

On 7th October, Legacy of War Foundation is launching its No More War campaign. As taxpayers that fund these conflicts, as concerned citizens of a global community, and in solidarity with those directly impacted by war, we feel - whether pragmatist or humanist in argument - it is time to say "No More War".

We at VENT are calling on artists and creatives to join us in amplifying the campaign. Paintings, designs, films, collage, music, dance: whatever medium allows you to express your feelings on the theme of No More War.

At this first stage we are focusing on the stories of Afghan civilians injured in the recent fighting. Throughout the conflict their voices have largely gone unheard, their stories representative of the millions affected by these past twenty years of war.

As a photographer my images have no value: they can be destroyed, painted over, ripped or copied. What holds the value is the person in the image and their story. That is what must be respected and valued in this project.

Art has always been at the forefront of revolution and social change. Now is the opportunity for us all to collaborate and create change through our creativity and passion.

1 Download the assests you want to work with

2  Create new art works inspired by the theme No More War

3  Share with us at VENT

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Copyright
All photographs are protected by international copyright laws. Giles Duley will retain copyrights on all images and no reproduction, distribution or transmission for commercial gain is allowed without written consent from Giles Duley.

As an art collaborator who has used an image from the site or any image of Giles feel free to share the work you've created with that image on your social media and/or website in good taste.