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Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin

Artist Talk

In conjunction with the current exhibition Don‘t Start With The Good Old Things But The Bad New Ones Adam Broomberg and Ann-Christin Bertrand will present the exhibition and the oeuvre of the artist duo Broomberg & Chanarin. Dr. Erdmut Wizisla, head of the Bertolt Brecht Archive of the Akademie der Künste, will give an introduction (German). The talk will be held in English.

War, violence, terror, murder and genocide—a bloody path of brutality can be traced through human history. Conflict is a narrative deeply anchored in both the collective and individual consciousness, and since its invention photography has been drawn to these sites of human suffering and catastrophe. Artists Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin have highjacked two seminal books: Bertolt Brecht’s War Primer, and The Bible, using them as vehicles to explore the documentation, dissemination, and currency of such images within in the media. The artists juxtapose passages of text, which contain concrete acts of violence, with images, that are often shocking in their violence or tenderness. Images mined from the Internet or The Archive of Modern Conflict function as a means to inhibit a simplified consumption of both text and image. In this way the artist duo challenge our viewing habits, and force us to become a critical observers, unable to passively lose ourselves in the spectacle.

Time doors open from 8 pm . beginn 8:30 pm
Admission 10 Euro / 6 Euro reduced fee incl. exhibition . online ticket (plus fee)
Place C/O Berlin . Amerika Haus . Hardenbergstraße 22-24 . 10623 Berlin