The photographic exhibition includes selected images from seven photographic series that were made independently of each other in the first decade of the new millennium – Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin’s Chicago, Geissler / Sann’s Personal Kill, Claudio Hils’ Red Land, Blue Land, An-My Lê’s 29 Palms, Richard Mosse’s Airside, Sarah Pickering’s Public Order, and Christopher Stewart’s Kill House. The portrayal by these artists of mock domestic rooms, aircraft, houses, streets and whole fake towns designed as military and civilian architectural simulations in preparation for real and imagined future conflicts in different parts of the globe provoke a series of questions concerning the nature of truth as it manifests itself in current photographic practice.
In capturing an already constructed reality – the images in all seven projects are ostensibly documentary images of something real that has
in itself been artfully staged to mimic a disordered reality – the works offer a meditation on the premeditated nature of modern conflict and an analysis of a unique form of architecture where form is predicated on fear rather than function. The concept of staging disorder in relationship to the images collected here looks not to how the photographers have staged disordered reality themselves, but rather to how these artists have recognised and responded to a phenomenon of staging that already exists in the world.
The themes in Staging Disorder are extended throughout the London College of Communication (LCC) Galleries by artists from the University of the Art’s Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice (CRiSAP) research centre whose multi-dimensional works include sound, installation, and written texts. Works include The Cave Mouth and The Giant Voice – Rupert Cox & Angus Carlyle, Sounds from Dangerous Places – Peter Cusack, Preparations for an Imaginary Conflict – Cathy Lane, and a personal narrative about growing up in the shadow of the Royal Gunpowder Mills by David Toop.
Curated by Christopher Stewart and Esther Teichmann, Staging Disorder, an exhibition of photography, sound and moving image, explores the contemporary representation of the real in relation to modern conflict.
Exhibition open: Monday 26 January – Thursday 12 March
Opening times: Monday-Friday 10am – 5pm, Saturday 11am – 4pm, Sunday closed
Venue: London College of Communication, Elephant and Castle, London SE1 6SB
The Staging Disorder Publication is available from Black Dog Publishing here.