Damien Hirst artwork for ‘AKA Peace’ tops auction

Hirst’s re-interpretation of an AK-47 rifle was exhibited as part of an event curated by Jake Chapman before being auctioned for the charity.

‘Spin AK47 for Peace Day’ (2012), verso. Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012

5 October 2012

Curated by Jake Champman in collaboration with Peace One Day, each artist was invited to offer their re-interpretation of an AK-47 – one of the most internationally recognised devastating killing machines – to ‘recast a weapon of devastation as a conduit to peace.’

Winner of the 2011 Amnesty International Media Award, the photographer Bran Symondson conceived the idea for AKA Peace following his experience as a soldier in Afghanistan. The project, which coincides with Peace Day on Friday 21 September 2012, aims to raise funds for Peace One Day’s Global Truce 2013 campaign whilst increasing awareness of Peace Day itself.

The exhibition took place 26 – 30 September 2012 at the ICA, London, and was directly followed by an auction of the exhibited works held by Phillips de Pury & Company at Howick Place, London SW1P 1BB on Thursday 4th October 2012.

The other featured artists were: Charming Baker, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Mat Collishaw, Jeremy Deller, Nancy Fouts, Ryan Gander, Douglas Gordon, Antony Gormley, Gary Hume, Jim Lambie, Langlands & Bell, Sarah Lucas, Antony Micallef, Harland Miller, Tim Noble & Sue Webster, Marc Quinn, Stuart Semple, Laila Shawa, Bran Symondson, SamTaylor-Wood, Gavin Turk and Rebecca Warren.