All posts tagged: Documentary

Debi Cornwall investigates the performance of US state control

British Journal of Photography first met the US photographer, Debi Cornwall, back in 2017, when we featured her photobook, Welcome to Camp America. Cornwall explained that while visiting Guantanamo Bay, the setting of the narrative, she was escorted by military personnel at all times, guiding and monitoring her every move. This resulted in hours spent with her guides, whose experiences she inevitably came to know over casual conversation, as they toured her around the prison’s facilities. “I became interested in the human experience of preparing for war and its aftermath,” she explains. “More structurally, in Guantanamo Bay, the truth is stage-managed for public consumption, and I decided I wanted to look at the performance of American power directly.” Using this insight as a springboard, Cornwall’s research led her to look into the sites of military training grounds – 10 in total, visited over the course of three years. More specifically, these were entire mock villages where, “immersive military war games are staged, populated by this cast of characters, ripped from the headlines, if you will,” …

2020-08-27T19:22:34+01:00

Organ Vida 2020: Hesitant Images

The Croatian festival returns to Zagreb this September, presenting a program of exhibitions and events focused around the theme ‘Hesitant Images’ — work that sit in the intersection of fact and fiction. The featured works are based on images that are simultaneously real and constructed, but whose authenticity is manifested in their portrayal of the tensions of contemporary digital culture. “We are interested in images that are political primarily in terms of how rather than what they represent,” writes the festival in a statement. Alongside the main exhibition, which features the work of ten finalists selected from an open call, the festival will feature three site-specific exhibitions and installations by Meriem Bennani, Filip Custic and Victoria Sin. Organ Vida will run from 02 September until 04 October 2020. View the full program here.

2020-08-19T15:15:22+01:00

BJP Staff