Immortalitas is a very special exhibition which opens on Friday 5th December at the Gate House Gallery, from 7-8.30pm and again on Saturday from 10am – 4pm. The portraits on show commemorate 78 Guernseymen who went to war in 1914 and never returned. Adam Stephens, Head of Creative Arts explains how the project came about: ‘Early research led us to the records of the men who died in the war and in particular to a database of photographic images of those men. One guesses that most of the photographs were taken before the soldiers left the island and the horrors of the war were yet to be encountered. In their own way, each image is incredibly poignant and strangely moving’.
The inspiration for the exhibition name comes from the Elizabeth College memorial, which reads: ‘Pro Mortali Condicione Vitae Immortalitas’ which roughly translates to ‘In place of mortal life, immortality’.
In addition to the portraits the Year 10 students have created a mosaic which will form a permanent memorial to mark the 100th anniversary of World War One.
To view the images, click in the slide show above.