The AK-47 is an instantly recognisable icon of war and destruction. AKA Peace was an inspiring exhibition, curated by Jake Chapman, where leading artists gave this icon a new identity in the name of peace.
Jeremy and AKA Peace Curator, Jake Chapman
Jeremy and Bran Symondson
Exhibition: The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA).
Auction: Phillips de Pury & Company, Howick Place, London SW1P 1BB.
For the 2012 Peace One Day Art Project, Peace One Day presented ‘AKA Peace’, an exhibition of new works by some of the most celebrated names in Contemporary Art, all of whom agreed to transform a decommissioned AK-47 assault rifle, refashioning a symbol of global violence on the broadest scale into artworks of intrigue and even beauty.
The exhibition, originally conceived by photographer Bran Symondson and curated by artist Jake Chapman, coincided with Peace Day, Friday 21 September 2012; it raised awareness of Peace Day and funds for Peace One Day’s 2013 campaign.
Jake Chapman said, “I am not readily associated with a sense of philanthropic optimism, but after a meeting with Jeremy Gilley at Peace One Day, my pessimism was suspended in favour of supporting this audacious attempt to intervene against human injustice. We have therefore assembled a number of artists prepared to do what they can to collaborate against apathy.”
Simon de Pury, Chairman of Phillips de Pury and Company, said, “Phillips de Pury and Company are proud to be lending their support for Peace One Day. We fully share the concern of the highly talented and very generous group of artists that are participating in ‘AKA Peace’.”
Jeremy Gilley said, “AKA Peace is a really profound project; turning a weapon of destruction into a weapon of peace is awesome. The benefits of awareness and finance to help Global Truce 2013 is a great outcome. I’m grateful to Bran for having a wonderful idea and it’s an honour to have Jake Chapman curate the project.”
Peace One Day would like to thank James Golding and Sean Pertwee for their support with this project.
We were excited to work with:
Jake and Dinos Chapman
Sam Taylor Wood
Tim Noble and Sue Webster
Langlands & Bell