Every object tells a story, and among the most powerful are those associated with war. The need to triumph in the face of difficulties by creating art not as luxury, but as essence for survival gave soldiers and prisoners of war the incentive to create personalized mementos for themselves and beloved ones, as tangible evidence that they were still alive. For the local population, it meant a way to earn a living. The abundance of these objects created in the First World War and in the years immediately after, imposed the term “trench art”. Over time, the term became generalized and refer to art created from ordnance or military equipment from any era. As an example of war-related material culture, trench art objects became a kind of three-dimensional battlefield voices – a non-literary, handmade record of what their authors saw, experienced and felt.


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