Beasts of Burden / Things Left Unsaid

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In the Städtische Galerie Nordhorn he juxtaposes two formally very different series, in which, however, two essential aspects of a selective media perception of theaters of war meet in an artistic way.

The series “Things Left Unsaid” (2014) shows the actually hidden internal landscape of a news studio on US television, a place where reality is constructed for a large number of people. Inspired by the theories of electronic warfare and mass communication as a weapon, especially by the French philosopher Paul Virilio, Seawright's photographs show fragments of spaces in which information is converted into messages and disseminated through selection.

With his current series “Beasts of Burden” (2020) he turns to an aspect in the history of the genocide in Rwanda that has little public attention and which caused worldwide horror in 1994. At that time, members of the Hutu majority killed up to a million people of the Tutsi minority in around 100 days. Since then, the country has been going through an arduous and painful process of reconciliation between the people of the two ethnic groups, some of whom still live in close proximity to one another to this day. One of the projects that work in the smallest neighborhood context is the joint rearing of a cow by two people or families from the group of victims and perpetrators. Paul Seawright's portraits of humans and animals draw attention to a highly archaic form of joint action,
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationGermany
PublisherStädtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 20 Nov 2020
EventBeasts of Burden / Things Left Unsaid - The Städtische Galerie, Nordhorn, Germany
Duration: 20 Nov 20202 May 2021


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