Day 28: Ben DuVall

Brooklyn, NY, United States

For the last few years, I have been working on a series of drawings from photos and archival material from the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. Sunflowers have been a recurring theme in this work, as a symbol of peace, but also they are particularly important at our current moment, when so many of us have been stuck indoors and deprived of nature. They represent a source of continuous and renewed wellness, a reminder that nature still thrives even when human societies and economies are in chaos. My offering, a stop-motion animation of these drawings, hopes to capture that serenity.


Ben DuVall is an artist and writer based in Brooklyn, New York. His work synthesizes historical research and exploration into symbol languages, taking the form of drawings, oral histories, exhibitions, texts or sculptural objects, balanced on the border of art and non-art. DuVall’s work has been exhibited at numerous galleries and museums internationally, and is the author of New Modernism(s) (2014) and Maximum Peace: Texts from the Anti-Archive (2020).


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