Unseen Enemy

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© James McCauley

In this exhibition illuminating the British Army’s experience in Afghanistan, visitors can creep along a mock-up of a dusty path – apparently deserted compound to one side, poppy field on the other – searching for signs that insurgents have planted the IEDs (improvised explosive devices) that are the scourge of this conflict. It’s an uncomfortable experience, made more tense if a visiting child skips past just as you’re examining a rusty old motorbike or wondering whether the litter of discarded cans and bottles is entirely innocent. Displays detail the urgent scramble to design new detectors as each new type of IED emerges. While the skill and teamwork that is crucial to dealing safely with IEDs is a constant refrain, this eye-opener of a show seems unlikely to win the army new recruits.


Event website: http://www.nam.ac.uk
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