PROJECTS

HISTORY PROJECTS

OPEN MONUMENT

MODERNITY'S END: HALF THE SKY

SCHINDLER

NONE LIVING KNOWS

1866 THE WORLDS OF LOWE KONG MENG AND JONG AH SIUG

THE MACAU DAYS

THE NEW WOLF OF ROME

SAFETY ZONE

BONHOEFFER IN HARLEM

1967DISPERSION

OPEN WORLD

ABSTRACT PAINTINGS

SURVEY EXHIBITIONS

PAINTING SERIES

DOUBLE GROUND PAINTINGS

EARLY WORKS

SAFETY ZONE

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Safety Zone, 2010 by John Young

Safety Zone, Autumn 2010

installation of 60 works on paper
(digital photographic prints and chalk and blackboard paint on paper)

320 x 1590 cm overall

Anna Schwartz Gallery Melbourne, installation view




SAFETY ZONE
Anna Schwartz Gallery Melbourne, 15 April – 22 May 2010
University of Queensland Art Museum Brisbane, 10 June – 7 August 2011



"Safety Zone presents a series of intricate paintings that resemble historical reminiscences of human survival by linking experimental contemporary art with investigative visual reports, in historical photographs and documents.

This body of work draws attention to incidents across the city of Nanjing in Jiangsu, China, just moments before the onset of the Nanjing Massacre, which followed the capture of the city by Japanese Imperial Forces on 13 December 1937. In the six weeks following the invasion, a quarter of a million Chinese citizens were killed in what the American historian Iris Chang described as the ‘forgotten holocaust of World War II’.

The carefully assembled bank of 60 chalk drawings and digital prints that make up the centrepiece of Safety Zone provides an intricate understanding of the humanity that lies beneath this tragic event through the revelation of extraordinary acts of self-sacrifice."

Dr Thomas J. Berghuis
University of Sydney
2010