“Children smoking. Embracing. Creatures barking. Cars burning. Helicopters hovering. Faces. Human figures. Shapes.”
A little editorial clipping makes for some enjoyable but unsettling viewing, in the latest photographic work of former editors of Colors magazine.
The artists Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, in this set of photographs, artfully obscure context from scenes taken during The Troubles — the long period of violent unrest of Northern Ireland’s history. The series, titled Belfast Exposed: People in Trouble Laughing Pushed to the Ground, were photographed not by the artists, but by both ordinary civilians and professional photo-journalists. Originally a part of The Belfast Exposed Archive, the images were singled out by archivists, marked with circular dots as signifiers. Broomberg & Chanarin cropped into the photographs in these spots, revealing the imagery that was obscured beneath the circles.
Opening next week is an exhibition of this series, at London’s Paradise Row. The artists are also soon to release a companion book, which will feature the complete work of the Belfast Exposed project.