Posterscope are proud to announce that Helmand Return, a new body of work by acclaimed commercial photographer Robert Wilson, launches today and will be seen as a photographic exhibition on billboards across the country. The project builds on Wilson’s 2008 project, Helmand, which recorded the faces and places behind the Afghan conflict.
This site-specific exhibition showcases a selection of photographs taken on Wilson’s recent trip to Afghanistan, and documents the British troops’ final tour of duty and homecoming preparations. As an official war artist, Wilson was granted unprecedented access to the personnel and logistical operations surrounding the drawdown in Afghanistan, allowing a rare insight into the process of ending war.
Each billboard’s location is determined by the biographical data gathered from the returning troops, allowing this outdoor exhibition to be both a literal and metaphorical return home. The project aims to highlight the toll that this war has taken in a relevant but unsentimental way, bringing the exhibition to the people, rather than the people to the exhibition.
This exhibition has been made possible with the support of the Arts Council England, the MoD, Gallery One and a Half, Primesight and Clear Channel.
For more information, please visit: https://www.one-and-a-half.com/index.php?/current/helmand-return/