Dr Jill Gibbon, Reader

Dr Jill Gibbon

Reader

Jill Gibbon is a politically engaged artist with research interests in war, art, and aesthetics. She is currently working on a project documenting the secretive world of the international arms trade by drawing undercover in arms fairs. She gets inside these events by masquerading as a client, and then draws the weapons, and rituals of marketing, hospitality, and dress. In this respect, she is interested in bringing art and performance out of galleries into contested political spaces. This builds on her PhD (2008) that explored the radical potential of reportage drawing.

Current Teaching

Jill teaches on the BA in Graphic Arts, and supervises PhDs in art practice and theory. She welcomes PhD proposals, particularly in relation to drawing, performance, reportage and politics.

Research Interests

Jill’s research is interdisciplinary relating to art, and the arms trade. She has contributed to the ‘aesthetic turn’ (Bleiker, 2001) in War Studies by drawing the etiquette of the arms trade, showing how weapon sales are legitimised through rituals of business. Her performance as an arms trader provides a metaphor for the masquerade of respectability in the industry, and challenges the implicit positivism of much reportage. She contextualizes this approach by retrieving examples where reportage has been used as a political act, for instance in Dada.

Her work has been exhibited in the UK, US, and is in the permanent collection of the Imperial War Museum, and Bradford Peace Museum. She regularly gives talks about her work, and has been interviewed by the Guardian, BBC World Service, Al Jazeera, and Campaign Against the Arms Trade.

"Working undercover, artist Jill Gibbon sketches images of the surreal behind-the-scenes world of military fairs and expos to highlight how the arms trade treats missiles, tanks and bombs like any other commodity" (Vijaykumar, The Guardian, 2014)

Dr Jill Gibbon, Reader

Selected Outputs

  • Gibbon J (2020) This is Not a Bomb, matériel culture and the arms trade. In: Spaces of War, War of Spaces. Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 187-204.

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  • Gibbon J (2015) Hiding in the Light, drawings of the arms trade. In: Sylvester C ed. Masquerades of War. London: Routledge, pp. 190-196.

  • Gibbon J (2015) Hiding in the Light, drawings of arms fairs. In: Sylvester C ed. Masquerades of War. London: Routledge, pp. 190-196.

  • Gibbon J (2010) Dilemmas of Drawing War. In: Experiencing War. Routledge, pp. 103-117.

  • Gibbon J (2019) Drawing, performance, and war.

  • Gibbon J (2017) Undercover drawings of the arms trade.

  • Gibbon J; Southern J (2017) Drawing and the Politics of Seeing.

  • Gibbon J (2014) Artist talk.

  • Gibbon J (2014) Artist talk.

  • Gibbon J (2014) Art and War, Truth, Propaganda, Protest.

  • Gibbon J (2014) Artist talk.

  • Gibbon J (2014) The Art of the Arms Deal.

  • Gibbon J (2018) The Etiquette of the Arms Trade. In: Relating Pasts & Presents; history of science and social science, 26 September 2018 - 26 March 2019, Max Planck Institute, Berlin.

  • Gibbon J; Tom F (2018) This is Not a Bomb; matériel culture and the arms trade. In: Spaces of War, War of Spaces, 22 May 2018 - 23 May 2018, Florence.

  • Gibbon J (2017) Drawing the Panopticon; representation, resistance and surveillance. In: Association of Art Historians Annual Conference, 6 April 2017 - 8 April 2017, Loughborough.

  • Gibbon J (2015) Constructing History - Reportage Drawing and Factography. Valenciennes, France.

  • Gibbon J (2011) The War Artist as Trickster. In: Trickster Strategies in the Arts, 26 October 2011 - 27 October 2011, University of Wroclaw, Poland.

  • Gibbon J (2011) Witnessing War from New Perspectives. In: Experiencing War, 14 April 2011 - 15 April 2011, University of Gothenburg.

  • Gibbon J (2010) Radical Reportage. In: Drawing Research Network Annual Conference, 14 September 2010, University of Brighton.

  • Gibbon J (2010) The Art of Infiltration. In: War and Peace, 30 April 2010 - 3 May 2010, Prague.

  • Gibbon J (2010) Drawing the Arms Trade. In: Theory Versus Policy, International Studies Association Annual Convention, 17 February 2010 - 20 February 2010, New Orleans.

  • Gibbon J; Sylvester C (2017) Thinking Like An Artist-Researcher About War. Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 45 (2), pp. 249-257.

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  • Maltby S; Pratt S; Gibbon J (2012) The War and the Body Exhibition, Showing, Sharing, Shaping. War and Culture Studies, 5 (1), pp. 105-125.

  • Gibbon J (In press) The Etiquette of the Arms Trade, ten years drawing in arms fairs.

  • Gibbon J (In press) Space, Birley Artist Studios, Preston.

  • Gibbon J (In press) War and the Body.

  • Gibbon J (In press) The Etiquette of the Arms Trade; ten years drawing in arms fairs.

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  • Gibbon J (In press) Indig-nation.

  • Gibbon J (In press) Transcriptor: Illustration and Documentary the Material.

  • Campbell S; Jamison B; Magill C; Revels M; Turner D (In press) And This Too.

  • Gibbon J (In press) The Etiquette of the Arms Trade, Research Station.

  • Gibbon J (In press) Art the Arms Fair.

  • Gibbon J (In press) Up in Arms.

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  • Gibbon J (In press) And This Too.

  • Gibbon J (In press) Shock and Awe.

  • Gibbon J (In press) Seen Up Close, and from a Distance.

  • Gibbon J (In press) Jerwood Drawing Prize.

  • Lawlor V; Rolf V; Kugler O; Sabnani N (In press) Transcriptor: Illustration, Documentary and the Material.