The Image of War

Bonniers Konsthall

20 September 2017 - 14 January 2018
Stockholm, Sweden

Curated by Theodor Ringborg

Artists: Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Mari Bastashevski, Broomberg & Chanarin, David Claerbout, Phil Collins, Bracha L. Ettinger, Iman Issa, Alfredo Jaar, Gavin Jantjes, Gülsün Karamustafa, Gerhard Nordström, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Eva Löfdahl, Rabih Mroué, Trevor Paglen, Mykola Ridnyi, Michael Rakowitz, Martha Rosler, Gilles Saussier, Susan Schuppli, Allan Sekula, Indrė Šerpytyté, John Smith, Sean Snyder, The Atlas Group, and Maximilien Van Aertryck & Axel Danielson

The image plays a central role in society. Images from conflicts around the world reach people on a daily basis, as images in the news, on social media, in advertisements or in propaganda. Images are used to document, inform and witness – yet also to shock and spread fear. The Image of War looks at the relationship between the image-maker, the person captured in the image and those who see the resulting image. Approaching images of violence in different ways the artists not only depict the violence of war, but seek ways and techniques to understand it better. Reflecting on this type of image does not dispute the necessity of creating them. It rather suggests that a crucial political project is finding ways to see images of violence.

Installation photography by Petter Cohen / Bonniers Konsthall

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