Triptych No Nukes

© Chila Kumari Singh Burman. All rights reserved, DACS 2024. Image credit: Tate

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Triptych No Nukes 1982 (Tate T14090) is a triptych comprising three black and white monoprints, displayed side by side, depicting a group of riot police wearing gasmasks. A red pattern made up of the hazard symbol for nuclear weapons or radioactive material has been printed over the images, making reference to the title of the work. The three parts of the work embody three stages in the production of the image: the etching plate was placed in the acid for progressively longer periods so that the image was correspondingly eaten away and gradually disintegrated, becoming darker and harder to decipher. This deterioration across the three states of the image reflects the anti-nuclear sentiment behind the work.


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Triptych No Nukes




etching, aquatint & screenprint on paper

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Presented by Tate Members 2014

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