Exhibition: « Evidence »
Stemming from the Women’s Liberation Movement of the 1960s and 70s, the idea that the political is personal is often bantered about. To prove it, a good majority of photography’s essential power would be left in the ether if it weren’t so. Diana Matar’s wrenching and extraordinary essay, Evidence, is a collection of photographs that scream for resolution but what remains is the search for its protagonist. Her father-in-law, Jaballa Matar, a Libyan dissident who was a former diplomat and Libyan Army officer was kidnapped – “disappeared” – by the regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and never seen by his family again. Evidence is a quest to make sense of the personal loss and broken past, to seek whatever redemption could be had against the torture and senseless cruelty of a d...
Exhibition : « Conflict, Time, Photography » at the Museum Folkwang"Conflict, Time, Photography" presents the many facets of the artistic portrayal of armed conflicts using the medium of photography. Artists such as Don McCullin, Pierre-Antony-Thouret, Simon Norfolk, Stephen Shore, Michael Schmidt and Taryn Simon have depicted acts of war and their legacy, in photographs taken in the mo-ment of the action, as well as days, months, years, and even decades after the event. This major group exhibition has no intention of serving as a ‘history of war photography’, however. It instead explores the various possibilities and strategies that artists and photographers have adopted to try to come to terms with violent conflict, in the hope of overcoming it. On show are some 200 works ranging from a period of just over 150 years in the history of photography, from 1855 to 201...