Art Theory & Critique

About ‘Shot at Dawn’ IMMA 2016 

The Exhibition at IMMA

Lecture | Shot at Dawn: Moral Witness by Alex DanchevWednesday 27 January 2015, 6 -7pm, Lecture Room


Professor Alex Danchev (School of International Relations, University of St Andrews, UK) draws on his teachings of art and war and art and violence, to discuss how aftermath photography and the power of the imagination can best serve historical, political and ethical enquiry today. Danchev comments, ‘It is often remarked that artists bear witness. It is less remarked that works of art themselves bear witness and it comes as a surprise that witnessing can be done after the fact – even a century later. Focusing on the project Shot at Dawn by Chloe Dewe Mathews, Alex Danchev examines the phenomenon of ‘moral witness’ in the world, and the part that art and artists play in this vital role

Culture File interview on ‘Shot at Dawn’


Interview with the Artist 

Award winning British photographer Chloe Dewe Mathews, Paul Bonaventura (independent producer) and Niall Bergin (Manager, Kilmainham Gaol)discuss Shot at Dawn; a project that focuses on the sites at which British, French and Belgian troops were executed for cowardice and desertion between 1914 and 1918, commissioned by the Ruskin School of Art at the University of Oxford as part of 14–18 NOW, WW1 Centenary Art Commissions. Moderated by Sarah Glennie (Director, IMMA).