Recovering the Past
‘Recovering The Past’ is a unique photographic exhibition of 25 thought provoking images by London artist Ian Alderman.
Produced over a six-year period on the former battlefield of Passchendaele, this unique Australian focused project sees men of the Australian Imperial Force montaged into the daily operations of DOVO-SEDEE.
‘Recovering The Past’ is not a project of war itself, but one which raises the profile of consequences of human conflict.
Today on the former battlefields of the Western Front, military operations are shortly to enter their second century of collecting and destroying the millions of lethal unexploded shells from the Great War that still lay in the ground.
The human trauma suffered by Australian society as a direct result of the Great War was to afflict those affected for many years, often for life. In a series of poignant accompanying quotes, the suffering of its traumatised returning servicemen, grieving widows and mothers is laid bare through this exhibition.
Unexploded ammunition and conflict-induced human trauma are not problems unique to the Great War; they apply to all wars since and those to come. In raising the profile of these consequences of human conflict, ’Recovering The Past’ conveys a universal message with timeless relevance.