“We have other indexes of richness. They measure in terms of how much money you have in the bank, how many cars you own, what clothing you wear. Here, the wealth indicators are clean air and water, spending time with your family and friends, knowing everyone in your community. This is considered wealth.
I was struck by the visual effect of a military thermal camera used in this video installation by an Irish artist Richard Mosse and cinematographer Trevor Tweeten. It anonimised and dehumanised the victims of Syrian crisis even further, stripping them of their individuality, presenting them as bodies and numbers in cold monochrome. Yet it also brought their aliveness out in an incomparable way. Sensitive to heat, this heavy-weight camera accentuates or invades the spirit of life and conflict more than any other technique could. Shots taken from great distances let us, the Western Audience, surveil the movements of people and events unfolding on the shores thousands of kilometers away from us.
“Tate Modern premieres an important new body of work by the American artist Taryn Simon. A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters was produced over a four-year period (2008-11), during which Simon travelled around the world researching and recording bloodlines and their related stories. In each of the eighteen ‘chapters’ that make up the work, the external forces of territory, power, circumstance or religion collide with the internal forces of psychological and physical inheritance. Read More