Merging photojournalism and the visual arts, South-African duo Broomberg and Chanarin present photographic series from moments of historical import yet refuse to assign the images unambiguous intent. In The Day Nobody Died (2008) the pair captured the daily life of the British army in Afghanistan, exposing photographic paper to light during significant events, creating abstract works that challenge journalism's traditional role in documenting war. Curating images from Belfast archives for People in Trouble Laughing Pushed to the Ground (2011), Broomberg and Chanarin juxtapose images of terrible violence with those of daily life during the Troubles, alluding to the absurdity of violence and the consuming continuity of life. The dynamic duo presses the bounds of documentary photography, producing thoughtful and provocative interpretations of history and photojournalism alike. Their work has been exhibited at institutions including the Saatchi Gallery in London, KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, the Australian Centre for Photography, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and the Victoria & Albert Museum.
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