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About the Work

Twenty-one years after making 'in Flanders Fields' I revisited the British Military cemetery in Belgium that had inspired the work. To my surprise I came across a section of the cemetery I had completely overlooked on my first visit all those years before. It was devoted almost entirely to Chinese labourers who, presumably had buried the bodies of the soldiers whose headstones I had photographed the first time round. The inscription was standardised. It was not clear how they had died. Perhaps the great influenza pandemic at the end of the First World War had done for them. Whatever the cause, I thought they deserved some re-recognition. So I made this work with a view to showing it in China one day.

About Vaughan Grylls

Born 10th December 1943 in Newark, Nottinghamshire and attended art schools at Nottingham, Wolverhampton, Goldsmiths' and the Slade. He has taught at several art schools in the UK and the US.

From 1996 to 2005 he was Director of the Kent Institute of Art and Design. In 2005 he resigned to concentrate full-time on his own work after joining the Kent and the Surrey Institutes of Art and Design to make the University for the Creative Arts.

″I still use the same approach to my work: I get an idea, think of the title and then make the work. So not much has changed since 1964″

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