Galerie Gabriel Rolt

Afghanistan Pakistan border Kandahar eastern. http://www.afghanistanonlineforums.com/cgibin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1171063315

Oliver Chanarin and Adam Broomberg
Afghanistan Pakistan border Kandahar eastern. http://www.afghanistanonlineforums.com/cgibin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1171063315, Work on paper , 24 x 29 cm
From the series 'Poor Monuments'


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Oliver Chanarin and Adam Broomberg at Galerie Gabriel Rolt

This exhibition comprises a series of 85 works on paper, a contemporary re-working of The War Primer, a book by Bertolt Brecht published in 1955. The War Primer comprises of images clipped from newspapers, each accompanied by a four-line poem. The title of the book deliberately recalls the textbooks that were used to teach elementary school children how to read. Brecht's book is a practical manual into how to 'read' photographs. For each image that Brecht originally chose, Broomberg and Chanarin have found an equivalent from our present age. However, whereas Brecht's war primer was concerned with images of the Second World War, Broomberg and Chanarin are concerned with images generated by both sides of the so-called 'War on Terror'.

Rather than juxtapose the contemporary with the historical image (as they have in their publication War Primer II), in the exhibition Broomberg and Chanarin have silkscreened an opaque red rectangle representing the contemporary image onto original pages from disassembled copies of The War Primer. Whilst the selected image is not pictured, the title of each individual work describes the source image and supplies a web address at which it can be found.

16 January 2012 - 18 February 2012