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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 component of war depiction and propaganda. 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 image and text. In their 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 recent photographs of global conflicts and wars. PD Dr. Grischka Petri talks with the artist duo about, among other things, the complexity of the (contemporary) use and dissemination of images of conflict.

Place: Institute for 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

What is the relationship between artistic photography and science? Renowned photographic artists* and scientists* from various disciplines will discuss this in the eight-part international dialogue series “Photography & Science” from 16 January to 2 April 2020. 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.


Dear Guests, due to the intensifying developments and the corresponding official orders of the City of Heidelberg in the context of the measures to contain corona virus infections, all events at the DAI Heidelberg will be cancelled from March 13 to April 19, 2020 inclusive.

Admission is free.