Art Exhibitions Reflect On The Tenth Anniversary Of 9/11

12/09/2011 13:31 | Updated 22 May 2015
9/11: Remembering through artImage courtesy of Ben Turnbull and Eleven gallery

11 September 2011 will mark a decade since the destruction of New York's World Trade Centre as part of a co-ordinated terrorist attack.

While the abundance of coverage in print and on screen over the last ten years means you'll struggle to find someone who isn't familiar with the horrific but iconic image of the Twin Towers collapsing, art exhibitions are offering an alternative visual response.

Memory Remains by Francesc Torres can be found at the Imperial War Museum until 26 February and features over 150 projected images alongside the first section of raw rusted steel from the ruins of the World Trade Centre to go on display in the UK. The work takes as its central belief that memory remains through the remains of history.

9/11 Memorial Museum Director Alice Greenwarld says of Torres: "In photographs of exceptional sensitivity and insight, he has captured both the monumental scale of loss in the wake of the terror attacks and the excruciating intimacy of personal effects that remain as testaments to those unwittingly caught in the maelstrom of destruction."

At Eleven gallery, Ben Turnbull's show Supermen - An Exhibition of Heroes offers a celebration of those willing to risk their lives for others. Turnbull's collages use snippets of vintage comic book idols and a patriotic red, white and blue colour palette to construct images of his new heroes - Captain America and Batman give way to uniformed emergency service personnel.

Turnbull explains: "Superman didn't fly down to save the falling buildings, there was no Caped Crusader ready to do battle with the arch-enemy and Spidey didn't spin his web. Without the need of a phone-booth or a revolving door these true patriots donned their iconic costumes and sacrificed life and limb for what they believed in."

For those searching for a physical memorial, Battersea Park is currently hosting Miya Ando's sculptural tribute to the victims of the attacks. The eight meter artwork was created from steel recovered from the World Trace Centre and will sit in the American Ground section of the park until it is moved to a permanent location in London.

The memorial was commissioned by the 9/11 London Project - an educational charity devoted to reducing the possibility of future atrocities by promoting a deeper understanding of this one.

Lastly, but not quite in time for the anniversary itself, Gerhard Richter's 2005 oil painting September will be coming to London as part of Tate Modern's Gerhard Richter: Panorama exhibition, offering visitors the chance to see how the artist's response sits within the context his other work as opposed to within a dedicated 9/11 show.

Click on our gallery below to see how the artists' responses differ. Text under Francesc Torres' images is taken from the accompanying National Geographic book, also titled Memory Remains.


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