Eye programmer Anna Abrahams talks with Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin about their sources of inspiration. Work by the two artists is featured in A Tale of Hidden Histories, Eye’s exhibition on how the history of conflict areas is mediated and constructed. Followed by the screening of Mike Nichols’ Catch-22, the film adaptation of Joseph Heller’s recollections of WWII.
Born in South Africa and raised in England, the artists Adam Broomberg (1970) and Oliver Chanarin (1971) trained as photographers but now work in several media. Their work addresses historical, political and religious topics in a fresh and challenging way.
Dodo (2014) centres on the representation of war. Combining archival research and archaeological excavations with unused film clips from Catch-22, the installation is an impressive work on the representation of war and the impact of the Hollywood industry on the Mexican landscape.