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  • artist duo Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin and Grischka Petri
  • Dialogue Series Photography & Science
  • In dialogue

From the very beginning, photography has been an important part of the representation and propaganda of war. Bertolt Brecht’s War Primer, which inspired the London-based artist duo Broomberg & Chanarin to deal with this topic, presents an examination of violence and terror in the Second World War in images and text. In the work “Warprimer 2”, the duo not only appropriates Brecht’s work, but also his method of montage and re-contextualization of the visual material by replacing his motifs with contemporary photographs of global conflicts and wars. PD Dr. Grischka Petri talks with the artist duo about the complexity of the (contemporary) use and dissemination of conflict images, among other things.

Location: Institute of Psychology, Lecture Hall II, Hauptstraße 47-51, 69117 Heidelberg
Language: English

The dialogue series is a cooperative event of the German-American Institute, the Institute of European Art History at the University of Heidelberg and the Biennale of Contemporary Photography.

With the kind support of the city of Heidelberg, the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation and the Friedrich Foundation

Background:
What is the relationship between artistic photography and science? Renowned photographic artists* and scientists* from various disciplines will discuss these issues from 16 January to 2 April 2020 in the eight-part international dialogue series “Photography & Science”. The artistic works form the starting point for a cross-disciplinary questioning of the medium and show the potential of photography to blur both areas together.

Admission is free.