People In Trouble Laughing Pushed To The Ground

People In Trouble Laughing Pushed To The Ground

Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin

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A new digital edition of Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin’s People In Trouble Laughing Pushed To The Ground, complete with exclusive essays, an audio and video guide and additional archival material.

The digital edition recontextualises the original work published by MACK in 2011, in which the artists selected images from the Belfast Exposed archive according to a code – the stickers that successive archivists put on the contact sheets as markers. In this edition, each plate is accompanied by an audio clip of its title, read by Belfast curator Rachel Brown, and accessed by the tap of a finger. Oliver Chanarin introduces the ideas behind the project in a video introduction, and the ebook contains three illuminating texts: the first by Pauline Hadaway, director of Belfast Exposed, reflecting on the complex evolution of the archive; a text by photographer Mervyn Smyth, who provides personal and political context to his selection of archival images; and a statement on the commissioning process of People In Trouble and its group exhibition 'Prima Materia' by curators Rachel Brown & Brighdín Farren.

The Belfast Exposed Community Archive contains over 14,000 black-and-white contact sheets of images documenting ‘the Troubles’ from the 1980s. These are photographs taken by professional photo-journalists and amateur photographers.

Belfast Exposed was founded in 1983 as a community photography initiative to help address local concerns over the careful control of images depicting British military activity and the representation of Belfast’s communities during ‘the Troubles’. Whenever an image in the archive was chosen, approved or selected, a blue, red or yellow dot was placed on the surface of the contact sheet as a marker. The position of the dots provided Broomberg & Chanarin with a code; a set of instructions for how to frame the photographs in this book. Each circular image reveals the area beneath these circular stickers; the part of each photograph that has been obscured from view the moment it was selected.

Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin are artists living and working in London, who have been collaborating for over a decade. Together they have had numerous international exhibitions including The Gwagnju Biennale, the Stedelijk Museum, the International Center of Photography, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, The Photographers Gallery and Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art. They have produced several books which in different ways examine the language of documentary photography including; Chicago (2006); Fig. (2007); People In Trouble Laughing Pushed To The Ground (2011); War Primer 2 (2012); Holy Bible (2013). Broomberg & Chanarin teach at the Ecole supérieure d'arts appliqués and are Visiting Fellows at the University of the Arts London. Their work is represented in major public and private collections including Tate Modern, The Museum of Modern Art, the Stedelijk Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Musee de l’Elysee, The International Center of Photography and Loubna Fine Art Society. Most recently, they have been awarded the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2013.

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