Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin – The Red House

It is the final week to see the exhibition of documentary photographs from Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin at Brancolini Grimaldi.

“The Red House” refers to the space under Saddam Hussein’s Ba’athist party headquarters that was solitary confinement for Kurdish prisoners. In 1991, the Red House became accessible after the Kurdish uprising.

Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin - The Red House - 2006

In 2006 Broomberg and Chanarin visited the prison and came away with this photographic essay. Instead of documenting the conditions and architecture of the facility the pair chose to examine the intimate mark making that the captives produced on the walls of their cells.

Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin - The Red House - 2006

This work stands as evidence of the unbreakable human creative spirit. In a horrible place the artists chose to capture the positives. Similar to the inhabitants of the stockade they opted for the joy of imagination and the escape of dream.

Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin - The Red House - 2006

Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin
The Red House
30 January – 8 March 2009
Brancolini Grimaldi Contemporary Art
Italy



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About Scott Lickstein, Look Into My Owl

Scott Lickstein is a visual artist and was the founder / primary writer for the art news source, LookIntoMyOwl.com until January 2013 when it merged with NOWhere Limited’s Magazine.




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