In 1940, at the beginning of the Second World War, Stalin’s troops invaded eastern Poland. A million Polish people were forced from their homes at gunpoint and sent to labour camps in Siberia. Diana Forster‘s mother and grandparents were among them.
Diana avoids showing traumatic, disturbing images in her installations and prints as they can turn viewers away. If we accept a role for art in presenting subsequent generations with the realities of war, we have to find new ways of engaging audiences and Diana does this through formal qualities which draw the viewers’ attention while the work is gradually understood.
Originally presented as part of Oxford International Women’s Festival (OIWF) 2021: Women Creating Landscapes (Feb-Mar 2021).
Oxford Open Doors
Saturday 11 September
Meet the artist and take a tour of selected pieces from the exhibition from 2pm – 2.30pm and 3pm – 3.30pm.