Broomberg and Chanarin Debut in Milan with Lisson Gallery

Photography, Exhibition Announcements

December 29, 2016

Art duo from London Broomberg and Chanarin known for their unique explorations of topic such as politics, religion, violence, war and history, will begin the year of 2017 with a comprehensive solo show taking place at Lisson Gallery in Milan. The contemporary exhibition entitled Trace Evidence will feature an array of carefully selected photographs made between 2006 and 2016. The eclectic solo show will encompass a total of 8 photographic series including American Landscape series made in 2009, Freud-inspired series from 2015 (originally exhibited at Freud Museum in London) as well as the most recent works by the London duo.

From dodo series exhibited at tate modern, London, in 2013 when people could get in contact with the work
Broomberg & Chanarin - Dodo, 2014 Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo, Installation view, 2014, photo: Moritz Bernoully

Where Forensic and Art Intertwine

South African artist Adam Broomberg and British artist Oliver Chanarin have spent years exploring important an at times controversial topics like truth, violence, power, control and armed conflict. The title of their upcoming exhibition Trace Evidence is borrowed from forensics where it marks an effect that occurs when traces of material are transferred after a friction between two objects. Trace evidence is often used to reconstruct a crime by describing the way subjects, items, and places interact with each other. The art of Broomberg & Chanarin has been dealing with the forensic evidence for some time now. Their 2015 installation created for Freud Museum in London, employed samples of DNA gathered by the forensics from the rug covering the famous psychologist's couch. These traces were then turned into a large tapestry mirroring the original and accompanied by the large-scale radio-graphic quartz images of the traces.

Work exhibited for people at south wing of British museum tate Modern, London, 2013 and 2014
Broomberg & Chanarinwil - Trace fiber from Freud's couch under crossed polars with Quartz wedge compensator (#2), at Freud Museum in London 2015

Tackling Issues of Conflict and Imprisonment

The London duo's investigative approach to art is also noticeable in their previous series such as The Day Nobody Died or Repatriation made during a conflict in Afghanistan. Rather than portraying British army in combat the artists decided on creating and abstract war diary by producing a series of artworks whose true meaning is visible only in the title of the series. Trace evidence exhibition will also feature photographs from the duo's Red House (2006) series that portrays the notion of repression by presenting the images of marks Kurdish prisoners made on the buildings in Iraq.

Day Nobody Died work at south wing of British museum Tate Modern in London, 2013 and 2014
Broomberg & Chanarin - The Day Nobody Died, 2008

Trace Evidence Exhibition at Lisson Gallery in Milan

Trace evidence, an exhibition of new works by Broomberg & Chanarin will be on view from January 20th until March 3rd, 2017 at Lisson gallery in Milan. Apart from above mentioned the exhibition will also feature the American Landscapes series made in 2009 that depicts places where photography is made - the interiors of various studios across USA. People who visit the Lisson gallery will also have the opportunity to see Portable Monuments series created in 2012 in which the London duo used a series of a blocks as a code for reconstruction of imagery presented by the press.

Featured images : Artwork by Broomberg & Chanarinwil ; Images courtesy of Lisson Gallery Milan, for illustrative purposes only

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