Changing The Landscape Exhibition Catalogue
Changing the Landscape, an ambitious new visual arts project by British artist Sarah Kogan, is a profoundly personal and deeply poignant exploration of the cataclysmic destruction, physical, emotional and psychological, wrought by the Battle of the Somme 1916, in the centenary year. It is The National Archives’ first contemporary art exhibition and incorporates a rarely seen military panoramic photograph from their collection.
Supported using public funds by the National Lottery through the Arts Council England, Changing the Landscape follows Barney’s first hand account of his journey from Hackney, London to Northern France, training to become a mapmaker and scout in the five months preceding his death on the first day of the Battle of the Somme in Yiddish Street trench. During this journey, Barney sent home over 180 illustrated letters, photographs and photographic postcards, often writing more than three times a day for five months - leaving us a unique, multifaceted, threedimensional view of the run up to the battle.
Unusually, this unpublished archive is interpreted by Barney’s great-niece Kogan, who was originally read the letters as a child by her grandmother, Barney’s sister Fanny.
This commemorative exhibition catalogue, is a bespoke publication with a limited number of copies. It includes a foreword by Jeff James, Chief Executive and Keeper of The National Archives and an in-depth conversation piece with artist, Sarah Kogan.