Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin- Chicago
The title "Chicago" refers to a ghost town in the middle of the Negev desert in Israel. This is a place where the Israeli military conducts training missions. A mock "Arab" town, the soldiers learn how to blast down walls with efficiency and move around to accomplish their goal. The emptiness and movie-set quality that is delivered by this environment is what begins the book, and sets the viewer up for a wide ranging and obscure tour of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Other subjects that are dissected and explored are remnants of diffused bombs hidden in everyday items, a mock miniature Israeli city, and a survey of Israeli tree planting projects intended to obscure the history of the Palestinians that were there before them. While the perspective is constantly being changed, this is an exploration in static imagery. This staticness gives the viewer a sense of uneasiness, contributing to the total picture of the mental state of Israel.
Location: 4th Floor
Call No: TR113.I75 B76 2006
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Sunday, April 12, 2009
Ernst Friedrich- War Against War!
Publisher's Notes: First published in 1924, War Against War! was one of the first photographic collections of explicit battlefield material released for mass consumption. Attempts to censor the book by the Weimar Government and later by the Nazis proved unsuccessful. Ernst Friedrich collected hundreds of photographs of the atrocities and after affects of WWI, juxtaposing them against the propaganda and military rhetoric which he felt romanticized the reality of war.
Location: 3rd Floor
Call Number: U21.F68 1987
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