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If You Knew Me. If You Knew Yourself. You Would Not Kill Me

John Keane in conversation with Jon Snow

In March 2015 during my time as Artist in Residence at the School of International Relations, St Andrews University, I travelled to Rwanda with a group of staff and students examining the genocide that took place there in 1994. Between April and July that year approximately 800,000 people are estimated to have been slaughtered, mostly by hand, over the course of 100 days. These paintings emerged from that visit. The title came from a banner draped across the altar in one of the churches I visited where around 5000 people had been massacred.

From In My Own Words, imagesofconflict.org

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If you Knew me, if you Knew Yourself, 2015, Oil and printed cotton fabric on linen, 200 x 200 cm

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If you Knew me, if you Knew Yourself (2), 2015, Oil on linen, 200 x 200 cm

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If you Knew me, if you Knew Yourself (3), 2015, Oil on cotton duck, 100 x 100 cm

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If you Knew me, if you Knew Yourself (4), 2015, Oil on cotton duck, 100 x 100 cm

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Killing was Less Wearisome Than Farming, 2016, Oil on linen, 300x270cm

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Obedience, 2016, Oil on linen, 200 x 200 cm

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Neighbour, 2016, Oil on linen, 200 x 200 cm

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Infinitum A, 2015, Oil on linen, 200 x 200 cm

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Infinitum B, 2016, Oil on linen, 200 x 200 cm

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Remains 1, 2015, Oil on linen, 51 x 51 cm

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Remains 2, 2015, Oil on linen, 51 x 56 cm

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Remains 3, 2016, Oil on linen, 46 x 46 cm

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Remains 4, 2016, Oil on linen, 46 x 46 cm

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Statistics 1, 2016, Oil on fabric and Jute, 70 x 55 cm

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Statistics 2, 2016, Oil on fabric and Jute, 70 x 50 cm

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Statistics 3, 2016, Oil on fabric and Jute, 70 x 50 cm

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Statistics 4, 2016, Oil on fabric and Jute, 70 x 50 cm

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Statistics 5, 2016, Oil on fabric and Jute, 70 x 50 cm

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Statistics 6, 2016, Oil on fabric and Jute, 70 x 50 cm

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Tutsi Shield, 2016, Oil on linen, 61 x 46 cm