Broomberg & Chanarin / 2011

About

In a new exhibition at Goodman Gallery Johannesburg, South African born and UK based Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin bring together three powerful series produced in the past four years. People in trouble laughing pushed to the ground (2010), The Day Nobody Died (2008) and The Red House (2007) are all located within zones of conflict – Northern Ireland, Afghanistan and Iraq respectively.

At times hauntingly beautiful and engagingly uncanny, People in trouble laughing pushed to the ground was produced by Broomberg and Chanarin in response to an invitation to work with the Belfast Exposed photographic archive in Northern Ireland. The archive, established by photojournalists around the beginning of the Troubles in the early ’80s, is equally concerned with protests, funerals and acts of terrorism as it is with the more ordinary stuff of life – drinking tea, kissing girls, watching trains. In each instance, the presence of the archivist is discernable through a range of marks and incisions on the contact sheets. Broomberg and Chanarin acknowledge and thank the original photographers Mervyn Smith, Sean Mc Kernan, Gerry Casey, Seamus Loughran and all other contributing photographers to Belfast Exposed’s archive.

The Day Nobody Died was realised by Broomberg and Chanarin in June 2008 during a trip to Afghanistan, where they were embedded with British Army units on the front line in Helmand Province, arriving during the deadliest month of the war. On their first day a BBC fixer was dragged from his car and executed and nine Afghan soldiers were killed in a suicide attack. The following day the number of British combat fatalities was pushed to 100, with casualties continuing until the fifth day when nobody died. In response to these, as well as a series of more mundane occurrences, Broomberg and Chanarin turned an armoured vehicle into a temporary darkroom, producing a series of peculiar abstract forms modulated by the heat and light, presenting an alternative to the photographic documentation of war.

The Red House is a series of 27 photographs of wall drawings and graphic marks made by Kurdish prisoners held in the former headquarters of Saddam Hussein’s Ba’athist party in northern Iraq. After the 1991 Kurdish uprising this notorious place of incarceration, torture and sometimes death, remained as a monument to the cruelty of war. Cropped and isolated, there is no visual information other than these curious markings, revealing an unexpected bout of expression amidst the monotony, solitude and terror of captivity. “History presents itself as a palimpsest” writes author David Campany. ”The traces recorded by these photographs may relate to past events in the history of the Red House but nothing is settled in Iraq yet. While the photographs are fixed forever, these may not be the last marks made on these walls.”

Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin have been collaborating for over a decade. They have produced six books, which in different ways examine the language of documentary photography; Trust (2000) accompanied their first solo-show at The Hasselblad Center; Ghetto (2003) a collection of their work as editors and principal photographers of Colors magazine, was exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum; Mr. Mkhize’s Portrait (2004) documented South Africa ten years after apartheid and accompanied a solo show at The Photographer’s Gallery; Chicago (2006), an exploration of contemporary Israel was published by SteidMACK in conjunction with a solo-show at The Stedelijk Museum; Fig which was published in Autumn 2007, also by Steidl, to accompany solo exhibitions at the John Hansard Gallery and Impressions Gallery, UK. The Red House (2007) is published by Steidl Editions. Broomberg and Chanarin regularly teach workshops and give master classes in photography, as well as teaching on the MA in Documentary Photography at LCC in London and the MFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York. They are the recipients of numerous awards, including the Vic Odden Award from the Royal Photographic Society.

  • Untitled (Women grieving)

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    Untitled (Women grieving), 2010

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  • Untitled (Man grieving)

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    Untitled (Man grieving), 2010

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  • Untitled (Two boys standing)

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    Untitled (Two boys standing), 2010

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  • Untitled (Hand with microphone)

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    Untitled (Hand with microphone), 2010

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  • Untitled (Car on fire)

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    Untitled (Car on fire), 2010

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  • Untitled (Hand in eye)

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    Untitled (Hand in eye), 2010

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  • Untitled (Chair balancing on stick)

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  • Untitled (Three women two smoking)

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    Untitled (Three women two smoking), 2010

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  • Untitled (Bright light)

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    Untitled (Bright light), 2010

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    Untitled (Man falling or pushed to the ground) , 2010

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  • Untitled (Legs arms and wrist-watch)

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    Untitled (Legs arms and wrist-watch), 2010

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  • Untitled (people in trouble)

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    Untitled (people in trouble), 2010

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  • Untitled (Girl looking)

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    Untitled (Girl looking), 2010

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  • Untitled (Two curves)

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    Untitled (Two curves), 2010

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  • Untitled (Legs in trapeze)

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  • Untitled (Hand waving)

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  • Untitled (Young women hiding)

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    Untitled (Young women hiding), 2010

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  • Untitled (Boy running with barrel)

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    Untitled (Boy running with barrel), 2010

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  • Untitled (Boy on tip toes)

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    Untitled (Boy on tip toes), 2010

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  • Untitled (Balloon’s escaping)

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    Untitled (Balloon’s escaping), 2010

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  • Untitled (Laughing hiding pulling)

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    Untitled (Laughing hiding pulling), 2010

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  • Untitled (Girl in bathing suit)

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    Untitled (Girl in bathing suit), 2010

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  • Untitled (Boy falling)

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    Untitled (Boy falling), 2010

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  • Untitled (Young dancer)

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    Untitled (Young dancer), 2010

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  • Untitled (Man in the dark)

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    Untitled (Man in the dark), 2010

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  • Untitled (Trees)

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    Untitled (Trees), 2010

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  • Untitled (Woman's clavicle)

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    Untitled (Woman's clavicle), 2010

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  • Untitled (People saluting)

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    Untitled (People saluting) , 2010

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  • April to August 1993/ Sheet 2, People in Trouble

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    April to August 1993/ Sheet 2, People in Trouble, 2011

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  • 27September1996/Sheet27/Frame9

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    27September1996/Sheet27/Frame9, 2010

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  • Culture3/Sheet72/Frame3

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    Culture3/Sheet72/Frame3, 2010

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  • 42 Sheet 3

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    42 Sheet 3, 2010

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  • The Press Conference, June 9

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    The Press Conference, June 9, 2010

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  • Red House #1

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    Red House #1, 2006

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  • Red House #15

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    Red House #15, 2006

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  • Red House #10

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    Red House #10, 2006

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  • Red House #2

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    Red House #2, 2006

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    Red House #4, 2006

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  • Red House #3

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    Red House #3, 2006

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  • Red House #9

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    Red House #9, 2006

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    Red House #7, 2006

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