"The soldiers when they walk into a exhibition line there's always photographs there which quite often even document them and their experiences. They walk straight past the photographs. They go to the paintings and drawings and they say shit that's what it feels like to be there, you've got it and what an artist has to do these days, we don't have to be like a classical musician. The kind of art that I do is like rock and roll and it speaks to these 18 year old soldiers that are listening on walkmans to modern you know they're listening to modern groups music. It's a kind of a protest art. It's gutsy and it's about people and what you can do with a pencil that you can't do with a camera is take these images in and feel them. I mean most of these soldiers are badly damaged by what they see. No soldier came out of the Kibeho massacre in one piece myself included. In fact I'd like to meet up with those soldiers again just to talk because we're the only people who saw it and the only people who can understand each other."
"To me it's an obscenity to glorify war. My image of Kibeho called Shit where you've got a father holding his daughter's head and he's sitting down trying to shit and keep the flies off the head. That's showing that there's no dignity in war, that all human dignity is stripped away and the job usually of war artists is to try and dignify these acts of gross violence, these inhuman acts. So really I'm an anti-war artist rather than a war artist."
GEORGE GITTOES, FILM MAKER & PAINTER