Broomberg Adam & Chanarin Oliver . Holy Bible - signed first ed.

768 pages / 614 colour plates / 16.2 cm x 21.6 cm / Embossed hardcover / June 2013 / Epilogue by Adi Ophir / AMC + MACK ISBN 9781907946417s / First edition, first printing, signed copy

Right from the start, almost every appearance he made was catastrophic… Catastrophe is his means of operation, and his central instrument of governance."Adi Ophir

Violence, calamity and the absurdity of war are recorded extensively within The Archive of Modern Conflict, the largest photographic collection of its kind in the world. For their most recent work, Holy Bible, Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin mined this archive with philosopher Adi Ophir’s central tenet in mind: that God reveals himself predominantly through catastrophe and that power structures within the Bible correlate with those within modern systems of governance.

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.

Inspired in part by the annotations and images Bertolt Brecht added to his own personal bible, Broomberg and Chanarin’s publication questions the clichés at play within the visual representation of conflict. ( from the publisher )

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