٠ The political function of landscape-family photographs in the context of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict ٠

© Gil Pasternak, Esther Pasternak, 1970s. Esther Pasternak collection of family photographs, 1946–99. Description: The defiant lion is a tombstone monument erected in 1932 to commemorate a group of eight Jewish pioneer settlers who, as the Israeli version of the … Continue reading ٠ The political function of landscape-family photographs in the context of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict ٠

٠ The photo-finders as the inauthentic photographers ٠

Le Fabuleux album d’Amélie Poulain […] The photo-finders will refer to themselves as artists or curators, editors or collectors—often, as an unclassifiable mixture. Depending on their self-described status, the archives of found, anonymous photographs they produce will be labeled works … Continue reading ٠ The photo-finders as the inauthentic photographers ٠

٠ Sandro Ferreira, memory code: 6174 ٠

© Sandro Ferreira, Não lhe digas para onde vais amanhã (Don’t tell her where you’ll be tomorrow), from the project “6174” Set of a hundred booklets, with dimensions identical to those with speeches of some dignitaries of the Portuguese dictatorial regime: “Estado Novo”. © Sandro Ferreira, from the project 6174. The left card reads The useless, the right card reads The miserableA series of 126 “lobby cards”, corresponding to the 126 films that the soldier Manuel Rosa Simões had seen since his arrival in Angola until his departure for the Metropolis. Ironically, the first film was “Les Miserables” and the … Continue reading ٠ Sandro Ferreira, memory code: 6174 ٠

┐ Hanne Darboven – Cultural History └

© Hanne Darboven, Kulturgeschichte 1880-1983 (Cultural History 1880-1983), 1980-83. Installation view at Dia:Beacon, Beacon, New York. Lannan Foundation Bill Carke: You first saw Cultural History in 1996 at the Dia Art Foundation’s Chelsea space. Can you recall what your response to the work was back then and how it’s evolved since? Dan Adler: (Laughs) My initial response was of being overwhelmed! The installation took up several large galleries. And, the amount of material to look at! Over 1,600 panels containing thousands of sheets of paper and all these uncanny-looking sculptural objects punctuating the exhibition. I took notes at the time … Continue reading ┐ Hanne Darboven – Cultural History └

┐ Craig Ritchie └

© Craig Ritchie, from the project Malaficia © Craig Ritchie, from the project Malaficia © Craig Ritchie, from the project Malaficia “In the Malaficia project, London based photographer Craig Ritchie delves into a Scottish area that was once a central location for witch trials and executions. This gruesome piece of history is not what first meets the eye when browsing through Ritchie’s images of East Neuk: the elegant houses, the forests, elderly people and other moments of daily lives. However, as Ritchie indicates in his website, “It took very little to be considered a witch; a ruined crop field, a … Continue reading ┐ Craig Ritchie └

┐ Helga Härenstam └

© Helga Härenstam, The Gap, from the series The Society, 2006-2008 © Helga Härenstam, Jesus, from the series The Society, 2006-2008 The Society is a fictious documentary, trough which Helga Härenstam has been looking for and/or constructing environments, scenes and events, that are based on memories from the small society where she grew up. The people photographed in these series are Härenstam herself, her family and other people that she is close to. The series is a puzzle of pictures dealing with the borders between documentary and staged, the real and the unreal and the past and the present. The … Continue reading ┐ Helga Härenstam └

┐ The Chicago Conspiracy └

A must see! Full video here This is a trailer for our upcoming feature length documentary based in Chile and the Mapuche indigenous territory of Wallmapu. The concept for the film was born with the death of a former military dictator, Augusto Pinochet. His regime murdered thousands and tortured tens of thousands after the military coup on September 11, 1973. The Chicago Conspiracy takes its name from the approximately 25 Chilean economists who attended the University of Chicago and other prestigious universities beginning in the 1960s to study under the neoliberal economists Milton Friedman and Arnold Harberger. After embracing Friedman’s … Continue reading ┐ The Chicago Conspiracy └

┐ Michal Heiman └

CRITICAL IMAGE: MICHAL HEIMAN, By Dr. Ariella Azoulay Michal Heiman chose the position of the spectator looking at someone else’s photographs taken by someone else, in which someone else is photographed, which someone else collected. Heiman turns this quintessential position of spectator (in a museum, but not only) into her own, elaboration and giving it back to it to spectator, whom she transforms not only into the subject of the artistic image but also into the subject of the psychological image. This is the spectator who is asked, on several levels, to assume Heiman’s position and to reproduce it. When … Continue reading ┐ Michal Heiman └

┐ Burkhard von Harder └

@ Burkhard von Harder, untitled, from the project Cold war in a trash bag @ Burkhard von Harder, untitled, from the project Cold war in a trash bag @ Burkhard von Harder, untitled, from the project Cold war in a trash bag Cold War in a Trash Bag is based on recently found anonymous Cold War photographic footage from the Ukraine. In the summer of 2010 thousands of abandoned black and white negatives were discovered in Vinnitsa, a place only 250 km away from Chernobyl. In miserable condition, the ripped, scratched and torn filmstrips obviously had been completely forgotten and … Continue reading ┐ Burkhard von Harder └

┐ April, 25th └

© family archive, 1974 WHAT ARE THE REVOLUTIONARY COUNCILS? Prior to 1933. the Portuguese working class had been able to conduct its economic struggle openly through the trade unions. On September 23 of that year. a fascist trade union law was passed. modelled explicitly on the repressive .. Carta Lavori” instituted byMussolini in Fascist Italy. The existing trade unions were abolished and highly-fragmented. state-controlled labor syndicates. which existed right up to the coup of April 25. 1974. came into being. The response of the Portuguese working class to this repressive 1933 law was immediate and widespread. Among the most militant … Continue reading ┐ April, 25th └