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Showing at Nogueras Blanchard Madrid until 10th November & Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge from 25th - 29th September.

About the Artist

Adam Broomberg was born and brought up in South Africa. Oliver Chanarin was born in London but brought up in South Africa before returning to London with his family at the age of seven. It was on a holiday back to SA as a teenager that the two first met. Ten years later they started working together. First as editors for Colors magazine where they remained for three years commissioning and art directing before branching out as photographers in their own right. Their work, which predominantly deals with socio-political issues, is known for merging photojournalism with visual art, resulting in provocative and ambiguous interpretations of history and current events. They have exhibited worldwide, published several monographs and are included in some of the world’s most renowned collections both public and private. They are recipients of numerous awards including the Deutsche Börse Prize in 2013 and the International Center of Photography Prize in 2014. Both professors of photography at the Hochschule für bildenden Künste in Hamburg, they also teach on the MA Photography & Society programme at the Royal Academy of Art in the Hague - a course they co-designed. They live and work between London and Berlin.

Books

Spirit Is A Bone
MACK
December 2015

The series of portraits in this book, which include Pussy Riot member Yekaterina Samutsevic and many other Moscow citizens, were created by a machine: a facial recognition system recently developed in Moscow for public security and border control surveillance. The result is more akin to a digital life mask than a photograph; a three-dimensional facsimile of the face that can be easily rotated and closely scrutinised.

Dodo
RM / JUMEX
September 2014

A catalogue from the exhibition of the same name at the Galería Jumex in 2014. The book is structured along three axes: the artists’ exploration of exhumation and the re-publication of traces; an approach to and reading of the context through time; and the way the questions and findings of the work group are displaced or translated into new territories and beings: the dodo and the extinction of a landscape.

Humans and Other Animals
Tate Publishing
September 2014

Humans and Other Animals is enhanced by British Sign Language and produced in collaboration with students and staff at London’s Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children. Making unexpected connections between familiar words and their meanings through black-and-white photography, text and brightly coloured graphics, the artists play with the complex relationship between image and text.

Scarti
Trolley
2013

Ghetto, Broomberg and Chanarin’s first collaboration with Trolley, was published ten years ago. It saw the then creative editors and principal photographers of Colors Magazine document 12 contemporary gated communities, from a maximum-security prison in South Africa to a psychiatric hospital in Cuba. Photographed entirely on large format colour negative, Ghetto took three years to produce and over time has become a popular classic within photobook history.

Holy Bible
MACK / AMC
2013

The format of Broomberg and Chanarin’s illustrated Holy Bible mimics both the precise structure and the physical form of the King James Version. By allowing elements of the original text to guide their image selection, the artists explore themes of authorship, and the unspoken criteria used to determine acceptable evidence of conflict.

Black Market
Chopped Liver Press
2012

Black Market takes its name from the eponymous film Al Suq al Soda, or Black Market. Directed by the surrealist painter-turned-filmmaker Kamel el-Telmissany, the film was banned shortly after its release in Egypt in 1945, and has since all but disappeared. What is more, this rare copy of the film, a recording from television, has been partially erased by another film – an unknown porno probably made in the 1970s or 80s. The two films share the same strip of magnetic tape, but sit uncomfortably together and transmit inverse aesthetic, moral and political positions.

SPBH Book Club Vol. 1
Self Publish Be Happy
July 2012

The first volume displays a series of polaroids by the artists. Mixing private moments, self-portraits and images from their documentary projects, the beautiful collection of personal polaroids form an intimate and imperfect inventory of their fifteen-year collaboration.

War Primer 2
MACK
2011

War Primer 2 is a limited edition book that physically inhabits the pages of Bertolt Brecht’s remarkable 1955 publication War Primer. The original is a collection of Brecht’s newspaper clippings, each accompanied by a four-line poem that he called Photo-epigrams. It was the culmination of almost three decades of intermittent activity. Brecht’s book is a practical manual, demonstrating how to “read” or “translate” press photographs. War Primer 2 is the belated sequel. While Brecht’s War Primer was concerned with images of the Second World War, War Primer 2 is concerned with the images of conflict generated by both sides of the so-called “War on Terror”.

People in Trouble Laughing Pushed to the Ground
MACK
2011

The Belfast Exposed Archive occupies a small room on the first floor at 23 Donegal Street and contains over 14,000 black-and-white contact sheets, documenting the Troubles in Northern Ireland. These are photographs taken by professional photo-journalists and ‘civilian’ photographers, chronicling protests, funerals and acts of terrorism as well as the more ordinary stuff of life: drinking tea; kissing girls; watching trains.

Fig.
Steidl / Photoworks
2007

Fig. contains over ninety still lives, portraits and landscapes by celebrated photographers Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, drawing together specially commissioned work made around the south coast of England and other works made internationally, tracing links between photography, imperialism and the colonial impulse to acquire, map and collect.

Chicago
Steidl MACK
2006

Chicago is a fake Arab town built by the Israeli Defense Force for urban combat training. It is a place that is familiar to Israeli and American soldiers but until now largely unknown outside Israel. Chicago stands in the middle of the Negev desert; a ghost town whose history directly mirrors the story of the conflict for Palestine.

Mr. Mkhize’s Portrait
Trolley
2004

A decade after the fall of apartheid and how have things changed for those living in South Africa today? The authors spent three months traversing their homeland examining the way people live, how they work, how they love and how they die. Initially commissioned for the new Constitutional Court in Johannesburg, the book brings together the many portraits that represent this new South Africa.

Ghetto
Trolley
2003

In a journey through twelve modern ghettos, Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin document the lives of their inhabitants by asking each the same questions and then taking their photograph. From a refugee camp in Tanzania to a mental asylum in Cuba and an old people’s holiday camp in the USA.

Trust
Westzone
2000

Trust is a series of photographs made in the last two years of the twentieth century. On the surface, it is very simple. Photographs of faces made in a documentary way: real people leading real lives, aware of the camera only as an incidental, seemingly uncomplicit in the making of the photographs.

Exhibitions & Events

Solo Exhibitions

2018
‘Bandage The Knife not the Wound’
Nogueras BlanchardMadrid
2018
‘Divine Violence’
Centre Georges PompidouParis, France
2018
‘Bandage The Knife Not The Wound’
Goodman GalleryJohannesburg, South Africa
2018
‘Not For Publication or Sale in Iran’
Ag GalerieTehran, Iran
2018
‘Art on the Underground Commission’
Kings Cross StationLondon, UK
2017
‘Trace Evidence’
Lisson GalleryLondon, UK
2017
‘Gestures of Resitance’
Romantso Cultural CentreAthens, Greece
2017
‘Don’t Start With The Good Old Things But The Bad New Ones’
Hasselblad CenterGöteborg, Sweden
2016
‘Don’t Start With The Good Old Things But The Bad New Ones’
C/O BerlinBerlin, Germany
2016
‘Rudiments’
Baltimore Museum of ArtBaltimore, USA
2016
‘Art on The Underground’
Stratford StationLondon, UK
2015
‘Rudiments’
Lisson GalleryLondon, UK
2015
‘Every Piece of Dust on Freuds Couch’
The Freud MuseumLondon, UK
2015
‘Rudiments’
Center for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski CastleWarsaw, Poland
2015
‘Broomberg and Chanarin’
Fig-2, ICA StudioLondon, Uk
2015
‘To Photograph the Details of a Dark Horse in Low Light’
FOAMAmsterdam, Netherlands
2015
‘Divine Violence’
Goodman GalleryCapetown, South Africa
2014
‘Dodo’
Jumex FoundationMexico City, Mexico
2014
‘Everything was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt’
FotomuseumAntwerp, Belgium
2014
‘Divine Violence
MOSTYNLlandudno, North Wales
2014
‘Scarti’
TJ BoultingLondon, UK
2013
‘To Photograph the Details of a Dark Horse in Low Light’
Goodman GalleryJohannesburg, South Africa
2012
‘To Photograph the Details of a Dark Horse in Low Light’
Paradise RowLondon, UK
2012
‘Portable Moments’
Galerie Gabriel RoltAmsterdam, Netherlands
2012
‘Poor Moments’
Paradise RowDusseldorf
2011
‘Poor Moments’
Paradise RowLondon, UK
2011
‘Broomberg & Chanarin Present: Dora Robert’
Paradise RowLondon, UK
2011
‘Broomberg & Chanarin’
The Goodman GalleryJohannesburg, South Africa
2011
‘People in Trouble Laughing Pushed to the Ground’
Paradise RowLondon, UK
2011
‘Broomberg & Chanarin’
Galerie Karsten GreveCologne, Germany
2010
‘Prestige of Terror’
Townhouse GalleryCairo, Egypt
2010
‘Afterlife’
Galeria SpafiskaKrakow, Poland
2009
‘Ficciones’
Goodman GalleryCape Town, South Africa
2009
‘Broomberg/Chanarin’
Galerie Karsten GreveParis, France
2009
‘The Red House’
Musee de L’ElyseeLausanne, Switzerland
2009
‘The Red House’
Brancolini GrimaldiRome, Italy
2008
‘Fig.’
Impressions GalleryBradford, UK
2008
‘The Day Nobody Died’
Paradise RowLondon, UK
2008
‘Fig.’
FotoFreoFreemantle, Australia
2007
‘Block 180’
Brancolini GrimaldiRome, Italy
2007
‘Ghetto’
Photomonth FestivalKrakow, Poland
2007
‘Fig.’
John Hansard GallerySouthampton, UK
2006
‘Facts, Fictions and Stories’
Stedelijk MuseumAmsterdam, Netherlands
2006
‘Chicago’
Q Arts, Derby Photography FestivalDerby, UK
2005
‘Defying Distance’
National Portrait GalleryLondon, UK
2004
Mr Mkhize’s Portrait
The Photographers GalleryLondon, UK
2003
‘Trusting the Truth’
The Johannesburg Art GalleryJohannesburg, South Africa
2000
‘Trust’
The Hasselblad CenterGothenburg, Sweden

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018
‘Spirit is Bone’
Hamburger KunsthalleHamburg, Germany
2018
‘Narrative Means’
Goodman GalleryJohannesburg, South Africa
2018
‘Parapolitics: Cultural Freedom and the Cold War’
Haus der Kulturen der WeltGermany
2018
‘Brecht and Benjamin: Thinking in Extremes’
Akademie der KünsteBerlin, Germany
2018
‘Forever Never Comes’
Museo Archeologica e de Arte Della MaremmaGrosseto, Italy
2018
‘Faces’
Deutsches Hygiene MuseumDresden
2018
‘The Image of War
Bonniers KonsthallStokholm, Sweden
2018
‘Bending the Frame’
Preus MuseumOslo, Norway
2018
‘Collaboration. A Potential History of Photography
Ryerson Image CentreToronto, Canada
2017
‘Before the Event/After The Fact: Contemporary Perspectives on War’
Yale University Art CentreYale, USA
2017
‘Yokohama Triennale
Yokohama, Japan
2017
‘Documenta 14: Antdoron
EMST in the Word,National Museum of Contemporary ArtKassel, Germany
2017
‘The Silences Between’
Goodman GalleryCape Town, South Africa
2017
‘WATCHED! Surveillance, Art & Photography
C/O BerlinBerlin, Germany
2017
‘WATCHED! Surveillance, Art & Photography
Hasselblad FoundationGötenburg, Sweden
2017
‘Situations # 44’
Fotomuseum WinterthurSwitzerland
2017
‘Very Now’
London College of CommunicationLondon, UK
2017
‘Public, Private, Secret’
ICP MuseumNew York, USA
2017
‘Breaking News’
J Paul Getty MuseumLos Angeles, USA
2017
‘Bending The Frame’
Fotografisk CentreCopenhagen, Denmark
2016
‘Nothing But Blue Skies’
Les Rencontres d’ArlesArles, France
2016
‘Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick’
Somerset HouseLondon, UK
2016
‘MedPhoto 2016’
RethymnoCrete, Greece
2016
‘This is Your Replacement’
Sies & HokeDüsseldorf, Germany
2016
‘British Art Show 8
Scottish National Gallery of Modern ArtEdinburgh
2016
‘Where the Other Rests’
Les Rencontres d’ArlesArles, France
2016
‘New Revolutions: 50th Anniversary Show’
Goodman GalleryJohannesburg, South Africa
2016
‘Watched’
Hasselblad FoundationGothenburg, Germany
2015/2014
‘British Art Show 8’
Leeds Art GalleryLeeds, UK
2015/2014
‘Conflict, Time, Photography’
Tate ModernLondon
2015/2014
‘Shanghai Biennale’
Power Station of ArtShanghai
2015/2014
‘People in Trouble Laughing Pushed to the Ground
Belfast ExposedBelfast, Northern Ireland
2015/2014
‘This is War’
Paloazzo del Monte di PietàPadua, Italy
2015/2014
‘Cross Section of a Revolution’
Lisson GalleryLondon, UK
2015/2014
‘Nero su Bianco’
American Academy in RomeItaly
2015/2014
‘SMALL’
FruttaRome, Italy
2015/2014
‘Memory Lab: Photography Challenges History’
MUDAMLuxembourg
2015/2014
Ruin Lust
Tate BritainLondon, UK
2014/2013
‘New Photography 2013’
MoMANew York, USA
2014/2013
‘UK Photography Now: The Constructed View’
Dong Gang International Photography FestivalYeongwol, South Korea
2014/2013
‘Deutsche Börse Photography Prize’
The Photographers GalleryLondon, UK
2014/2013
‘Lagos Photo 2013: The Megacity and the Non-City Art 21’
Victoria Island, Lagos
2014/2013
‘Art Turning Left: How Values Changed Making 1789-2013’
Tate LiverpoolLiverpool, UK
2014/2013
‘Curiosity: Art & The Pleasures of Knowing’
Turner ContemporaryMargate, UK
2014/2013
‘Nero Su Bianco’
American Academy in RomeItaly, UK
2014/2013
‘Divine Violence’
Fotografia EuropeaReggio Emilia, Italy
2014/2013
‘Tea with Nefertiti’
State Museum of Egyptian ArtMunich, Germany
2014/2013
C-16: A Group Exhibition
Goodman GalleryCape Town, South Africa
2014/2013
‘Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2013’
The Photographers GalleryLondon, UK
2014/2013
‘Structures’
Goodman GalleryCape Town, South Africa
2012
‘Liquid Archive’
Monash University Museum of ArtMelbourne, Australia
2012
‘BredaPhoto- Homo Empathicus’
Breda MuseumThe Netherlands
2012
‘In Appropriation’
Houston Center for PhotographyHouston, USA
2012
‘Peripheral Views: States of America
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia CollegeChicago, USA
2012
‘Out of Focus: Photography’
Saatchi GalleryLondon, UK
2012
‘Lines of Control’
Cornell University, Herbert F Johnson Museum of ArtIthaca, New York, USA
2012
‘Of the Ordinary’
The Philadelphia Photo Arts CenterPhiladelphia, USA
2012
Advance/.....Notice
Goodman GalleryJohannesburg, South Africa
2012
‘Machines for Living’
Yaffo 23, Bezalel Academy of Arts and DesignJerusalem
2011
‘Antiphotojournalism’
FOAMAmsterdam, Netherlands
2011
Moments of Reprieve: Representing loss in Contemporary Photography
Talinn Art Hall GalleryTalinn, Estonia
2011
‘Serious Games’
WissenschaftsstadtDarmstadt, Germany
2011
‘Seeing is Believing’
KW Institute for Contemporary ArtBerlin, Germany
2010
‘Antiphotojournalism’
La Virreina Centre de La ImageBarcelona, Spain
2010
‘Chicago’
Beirut Arts CenterLebanon
2010
‘Le Garage’
International Photography Festival of ArlesFrance
2010
‘The Marks We Make’
The Goodman GalleryCape Town, South Africa
2009
‘Manipulating Reality’
Palazzo StrozziFlorence, Italy
2009
‘Crisis: Exercises in State of Emergency’
Villa IchonBremen, Germany
2009
‘Prune: Abstracting Reality’
FOAMAmsterdam, Netherlands
2009
‘The Edge of Vision: The Rise of Abstraction in Photography’
Aperture FoundationNew York, USA
2009
‘The Past in Present - Questioning History’
Dutch PhotomuseumRotterdam, Netherlands
2009
‘Embedded Art’
Akademie der KunstBerlin, Germany
2008
‘The Photographic portrait in the 20th Century’
Fondazione RagghaintiLucca, Italy
2008
‘Echo Wanted’
Galerie Karsten GreveParis, France
2008
‘East Wing VIII’
The Courtauld InstituteLondon, UK
2008
‘Sleeping and Dreaming’
The Welcome TrustLondon, UK
2007
‘On the Wall’
Aperture FoundationNew York, USA
2007
Paris Photo
Steidl Paris, France
2006
‘Ectopia: The Second ICP Triennal of Photography and Video’
New York, USA
2006
‘Global Cities: The 10th International Biennale of Architecture’
Venice, Italy
2006
‘1+1=3, Collaboration in Recent British Portraiture’
Fremantle Arts CentreFremantle, Australia
2006
‘The Face of Madness’
Palazzo Magnani
2006
‘New Photographers 2006’
Museum voor FotografieBelgium
2006
‘Unsettled’
Durban MuseumSouth Africa
2005
‘Unsettled’
Reykjavik Museum of PhotographyIceland
2005
‘Ghetto’
Aranjuez, Photo EspanaSpain
2004
‘History in the Making’
Circulo de Bellas Artes, PhotoEspañaSpain
2003
‘Stepping In and Out: Contemporary Documentary Photography’
The Victoria and Albert MuseumLondon, UK
2002
It’s Wrong to Wish on Space Hardware
Gardener Art Center, Brighton UniversityUK
2001
‘In a Lonely Place’
The National Museum of Photography, Film and TelevisionUK

Awards & Prizes

2014
Infinity Award
International Center of PhotographyNew York, USA
2013
Deutsche Börse Photography Prize
The Photographers GalleryLondon, UK
2004
Vic Odden Award
Royal Photographic SocietyBath, UK