LANDSCAPE / HISTORY

Digital video NTSC, 2009

 

This work shows slowed down film of artillery explosions and bombings.  These film clips are often presented in documentaries and exhibitions about World War One.   However, while they look like documentary footage, they are in fact  reenactments of battle that were staged for movies and propaganda.  Despite their fictitious origins, these clips are presented as if they were representative of the war itself.   For me these explosions call attention to how we often mistake the copy for the original within the context of history and moreover, how it’s often very difficult to identify the fictionalized parts of our historical narratives.

Landscape / History, 2010, digital video NTSC, 5 minutes 37 seconds.