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Garry Neill Kennedy
38 × 58 cm

Somalia is based on the colours of the ribbon used to suspend the Somalia Medal, which was issued by the Department of National Defence to Canadian Forces Personnel who served in Operation DELIVERANCE (November 16, 1992 to June 30, 1993), a peacekeeping mission that went “terribly awry” (Martin Barlosky)

The actual print was made by the silkscreen print-makers at the University of Chicoutimi for Alex Magrini’s 1991 ‘Guns – For – Art’ project where, in exchange for old guns, well known Canadian artists donated silk-screened work to former gun owners. Later the guns were melted down to make sculpture.

Somalia incorporates the colours of the Somali flag (blue and white) and the three services of the Canadian Forces (navy blue, scarlet, and airforce blue), and the gold of the desert sand.

Signed and Numbered Edition 17/25

  1. Somalia

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