Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin / Ficciones

About

Goodman Gallery Cape Town proudly presents the first solo show in South Africa by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin. Ficciones centres around two related series of works that extend the artists’ pre-occupation with the role of representation in places of trauma and conflict.

The first, Afterlife, is a re-reading of a controversial photograph taken in Iran on 6 August 1979. This remarkable image, taken just months after the revolution, records the execution of 11 blindfolded Kurdish prisoners by firing squad. The image, which captures the decisive moment the guns were fired, was immediately reproduced in newspapers and magazines across the world. The following year it was awarded a Pulitzer Prize and for the next 30 years its author was simply known as “Anonymous.” Only recently has the photographer’s identity been revealed as Jahangir Razmi, a commercial studio photographer working in the suburbs of Tehran.

The artists sought out and interviewed Razmi, and based on these discussions along with an examination of the 26 neglected images on the roll of film Razmi produced that day, they present a series of collages–an iconoclastic breakdown or dissection of the original image – that interrupts our relationship as spectators to images of distant suffering.

The second series of works, American Landscapes, takes the interiors of commercial photography studios across the United States as its ostensible subject. The artists reject the foreground and highlight instead the space in which images are literally “made.” In these occasionally abstract photographs the surfaces of walls, floors and ceilings junction along straight lines and parabolic curves to create the unspoiled white space known in the photography industry as Cycloramas. The artists refer to these spaces as ‘scenography for a free market economy’ or simply ‘Landscapes’. For just as the American West came to represent unbound possibility in the minds of early pioneers, so these studio walls act as a blank screen on which any sort of fantasy may be projected.

Adam Broomberg (b. SA, 1970) and Oliver Chanarin (b. UK, 1971) have been collaborating for over a decade on works and publications that in different ways examine the language of documentary photography. Together they have produced six monographs, and have exhibited in many of the world’s most prestigious museums including the V&A, the Stedelijk Museum, The Photographer’s Gallery, Circullo des Bellas Artes, The International Center of Photography and The Hasselblad Center.

  • Afterlife 1

    Broomberg & Chanarin

    Afterlife 1, 2009

    C-type print on Fuji archival gloss prints, glass, lead

    20 x 16 inches

    Edition of 3

  • Afterlife 2

    Broomberg & Chanarin

    Afterlife 2, 2009

    C-type print on Fuji archival gloss paper

    Edition of 3

  • Afterlife 3

    Broomberg & Chanarin

    Afterlife 3, 2009

    C-type print on Fuji archival gloss paper

    Edition of 3

  • Afterlife 4

    Broomberg & Chanarin

    Afterlife 4, 2009

    C-type print on Fuji archival gloss paper

    Edition of 3

  • Afterlife 5

    Broomberg & Chanarin

    Afterlife 5, 2009

    C-type print on Fuji archival gloss prints, glass, lead

    Edition of 3

  • Afterlife 6

    Broomberg & Chanarin

    Afterlife 6, 2009

    C-type print on Fuji archival gloss paper

    Edition of 3

  • Afterlife 8

    Broomberg & Chanarin

    Afterlife 8, 2009

    C-type print on Fuji archival gloss paper

    Edition of 3

  • Afterlife 10

    Broomberg & Chanarin

    Afterlife 10, 2009

    C-type print on Fuji archival gloss paper

    Edition of 3

  • Afterlife 11

    Broomberg & Chanarin

    Afterlife 11, 2009

    C-type print on Fuji archival gloss prints, glass, lead

    20 x 16 inches

    Edition of 3

  • Afterlife 12

    Broomberg & Chanarin

    Afterlife 12, 2009

    C-type print on Fuji archival gloss paper

    Edition of 3

  • Afterlife 13

    Broomberg & Chanarin

    Afterlife 13, 2009

    C-type print on Fuji archival gloss prints, glass, lead

    20 x 16 inches

    Edition of 3

  • Afterlife 14

    Broomberg & Chanarin

    Afterlife 14, 2009

    C-type print on Fuji Crystal archival paper

    Edition of 3

  • Afterlife 15

    Broomberg & Chanarin

    Afterlife 15, 2009

    C-type print on Fuji archival gloss paper

    Edition of 3

  • Afterlife 16

    Broomberg & Chanarin

    Afterlife 16, 2009

    C-type print on Fuji archival gloss paper

    Edition of 3

  • American Landscape 1

    Broomberg & Chanarin

    American Landscape 1, 2009

    C-type print on Fuji archival gloss paper

    20 x 25.5 cm

    Edition of 5

  • American Landscape 2

    Broomberg & Chanarin

    American Landscape 2, 2009

    C-type print on Fuji archival gloss paper

    20 x 25.5cm

    Edition of 5

  • Japan Airlines, Gap Kids

    Broomberg & Chanarin

    Japan Airlines, Gap Kids, 2009

    C-type print on Fuji archival gloss paper

    20 x 25.5cm

    Edition of 8

  • Good Housekeeping

    Broomberg & Chanarin

    Good Housekeeping, 2009

    C-type print on Fuji archival gloss paper

    20 x 25.5cm

    Edition of 8

  • NBC, CBS, UPN, ABC, FOX, HBO

    Broomberg & Chanarin

    NBC, CBS, UPN, ABC, FOX, HBO, 2009

    C-type print on Fuji archival gloss paper

    20 x 25.5cm

    Edition of 8

  • Americas Next Top Model

    Broomberg & Chanarin

    Americas Next Top Model, 2009

    C-type print on Fuji archival gloss paper

    20 x 25.5cm

    Edition of 8

  • American Landscape 7

    Broomberg & Chanarin

    American Landscape 7, 2009

    C-type print on Fuji archival gloss paper

    153 x 122cm

    Edition of 3

  • US Army, Victoria's Secret, Harley Davidson, Loreal Paris, Adidas

    Broomberg & Chanarin

    US Army, Victoria's Secret, Harley Davidson, Loreal Paris, Adidas, 2009

    C-type print on Fuji archival gloss paper

    20 x 25.5cm...

  • Revlon, Paramount, Secrets Shampoo

    Broomberg & Chanarin

    Revlon, Paramount, Secrets Shampoo, 2009

    C-type print on Fuji archival gloss paper

    20 x 25.5cm

    Edition of 8

  • Cindy Crawford for Vanity Fair George Clooney for Entertainment Weekly Johnny
Depp for Newsweek Magazine Penelope Cruz for Flaunt Magazine Nicole Kidman
for Lady’s Home Journal Milla Jovovich for Luck Magazine Pamela Anderson for
Black Book Magazine Scarlett Johansson for Talent Magazine

    Broomberg & Chanarin

    Cindy Crawford for Vanity Fair George Clooney for Entertainment Weekly Johnny Depp for Newsweek Magazine Penelope Cruz for Flaunt Magazine Nicol...

  • In Style, Maire Claire, Black Book, Self, Playboy, Glamour, Time, Best Life
Magazine

    Broomberg & Chanarin

    In Style, Maire Claire, Black Book, Self, Playboy, Glamour, Time, Best Life Magazine, 2009

    C-type print on Fuji archival gloss paper...

  • Toyota, Gap, Honda, Hummer

    Broomberg & Chanarin

    Toyota, Gap, Honda, Hummer, 2009

    C-type print on Fuji archival gloss paper

    20 x 25.5cm

    Edition of 8

  • Breast Cancer Awareness, Paris Hilton Fragrance, Disney

    Broomberg & Chanarin

    Breast Cancer Awareness, Paris Hilton Fragrance, Disney, 2009

    C-type print on Fuji archival gloss paper

    20 x 25.5cm

    Ed...

  • Heidi Klum, Volvo

    Broomberg & Chanarin

    Heidi Klum, Volvo, 2009

    C-type print on Fuji archival gloss paper

    20 x 25.5cm

    Edition of 8

  • Untitled (American Landscapes #8)

    Broomberg & Chanarin

    Untitled (American Landscapes #8), 2009

    C-type print on Fuji archival gloss paper

    20 x 25.5cm

    Edition of 8

  • Beyonce

    Broomberg & Chanarin

    Beyonce, 2009

    C-type print on Fuji archival gloss paper

    20 x 25.5cm

    Edition of 8

  • Toyota, Gap, Honda, Hummer

    Broomberg & Chanarin

    Toyota, Gap, Honda, Hummer, 2009

    C-type print on Fuji archival gloss paper

    20 x 25.5cm

    Edition of 8

  • Cosmo Girl, Lexus, Viagra, Vogue

    Broomberg & Chanarin

    Cosmo Girl, Lexus, Viagra, Vogue, 2009

    C-type print on Fuji archival gloss paper

    20 x 25.5cm

    Edition of 8

  • Installation picture [Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin / Ficciones]
  • Installation picture [Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin / Ficciones]
  • Installation picture [Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin / Ficciones]
  • Installation picture [Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin / Ficciones]
  • Installation picture [Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin / Ficciones]
  • Installation picture [Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin / Ficciones]