Topographies de la guerre



Topographies de la guerre

Past: September 16 → December 18, 2011

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Can we imagine anything other than battle to represent war? Topographies of War does exactly that, by looking at war solely through its scenery. The photographs and videos in this exhibition have in common a clear and stated documentary purpose: a perspective of complete disembodiment which, as a consequence, focuses on sites, positions and geological spaces. We might call them topographical essays which, without denying the human cost of combat, choose to look at war through its geography. All these images, taken since 2000, leave bodies, casualties, injuries and death outside the frame. Only the landscape remains.

In terms of military strategy, these iconographic choices coincide with the increased use of simulation techniques and the spread of remote weaponry, but also with military authorities’ media censorship and the virtual impossibility for photographers and video-makers to operate freely on the ground. Is the territory of war becoming an abstract concept, an ideological construction, a concept that cannot be represented?

18 Montmartre Zoom in 18 Montmartre Zoom out

6, impasse de la Défense

75018 Paris

T. 01 44 70 75 50

Place de Clichy

Opening hours

Wednesday – Sunday, noon – 7 PM
Late night on Wednesday until 8 PM
Fermeture de l’exposition à 18h les jours de BAL LAB

Admission fee

Full rate €8.00 — Concessions €6.00

The artists

  • Paola De Pietri
  • Walid Raad
  • Luc Delahaye
  • An-My Lê
  • Jo Ratcliffe
  • Donovan Wylie
  • Harun Farocki
  • Jananne Al-Ani
  • Till Roeskens
  • Eyal Weizman