Visit led by Florian Ebner, Chief Curator of photgraphy department
In its Galerie de Photographies, the Centre Pompidou is presenting for the first time a major monumental piece by artists Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, “Divine Violence”, which recently entered its collections. This installation of fifty-seven frames, each corresponding to a chapter of the Bible, compares the patent violence expressed in the holy book with violent images from today’s world. To create this series, the two artists took inspiration from Bertold Brecht’s personal Bible, and retake the 1611 King James Bible that they illustrate chapter by chapter, without explanations or comments, by inserting photographs from the Archive of Modern Conflict. On each page of the text, the two artists highlight in red a passage reflecting the image chosen, confronting the sacred text with anonymous photographs, thus emphasising the icons and visual stereotypes of violence.
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