Seniors' Day Curatorial tour around the exhibition of Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin RUDIMENTS

July 8, 2015 at 12 p.m.

Curatorial tour around the exhibition Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin RUDIMENTS

July 8, 2015 (Wednesday), at 12.00 p.m. (noon), Gathering in the main hall of the CCA 
Curator: Kaja Pawełek
Coordination: Joanna Tabaka
Free admission, prior registration is not required.
Held in Polish, but everyone is welcomed to join.

SENIORS’ DAY – is a monthly educational initiative at CCA Ujazdowski Castle, aimed at people over the age of 60.

About the exhibition:
The Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle is pleased to announce a new solo project by UK-based artist duo Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin. Entitled "Rudiments," the exhibition consists of a set of new photographic, moving image and performative works that collectively explore tensions between discipline and chance, precision and chaos, empathy and the involuntary pleasure of watching the pain of others.

Central to the exhibition is a film work "Rudiments," in which Broomberg and Chanarin have collaborated with a group of young army cadets at a military camp on the outskirts of Liverpool. Whether the scenes we observe are staged by the artists or simply a document of the camp’s routine practice remains unclear.

Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin are fascinated by power, its tools and mechanisms. Their artistic practice frequently leads them to directly engage with existing power relations within the production and use of images. For example, as embedded journalists in the British military campaign in Afghanistan ("The Day Nobody Died"), they turned the focus away from the events of war themselves toward the instrumental role of photographers on the front line and hence the very rituals and protocols of documenting these events. During a quasi-anthropological excursion to Gabon, the artists equally rejected the official task as much as conventional standards of documentary photography and instead used historical film stock from the 1970s, infamous for its lacking ability to render black bodies – ultimately returning with nothing but a single image ("To Photograph the Details of a Dark Horse in Low Light").

The artists are questioning not only the task of the photographer, but also the medium itself and its role as a political instrument. The camera is never neutral and innocent; rather, its physical and material characteristics often reveal its more underlying ideological functions.

Time and again, the artists reverse the documentary tradition, putting at the very centre not the final product and its emotional impact, but instead exposing the multi-layered process and the complex politics of making images.

Next SENIORS’ DAY will be held on the 12th of August 2015 (Wednesday), at 12.00 p.m. (noon)
Admission is free and registration is not necessary.



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