Some photos of the opening and closing nights of the recent exhibition in Berlin. Thanks to all those attended and supported the exhibition.
TONIGHT - Please join architect and author Renate Amann at August Bebel Institut from 19:00 to 21:00 for a discussion about Picasso's painting 'Guernica' and its resonance as a anti-war symbol.
The Circle installation will be available to see before and after the talk.
The talk is in German...
'The Circle' (Iteration 2) Opening at August Bebel Institute Gallery, Berlin Germany
'The Circle' is an immersive sound and image installation portraying individual stories of those suffering internal displacement in Iraq.
Presented by artists Simon Hipkins, Agata Skowronek and David McAulay at the August Bebel Institut in Berlin, Germany.
Vernissage - Friday 8 September - 19:00 - 21:00 ...
Including a performance by Babylon Orchestra.
Exhibition duration - 9 - 29 September
How does war and violence impact the daily lives of the people that are immediately affected by it? 13.3% of Germany’s refugee influx is made up of Iraqi migrants, but we rarely hear about those who have stayed behind. There are currently over 3 million people, living in 3,700 locations across Iraq, who have fled their homes as a result of armed conflict, generalised violence, and political, ethnic or religious persecution. The material for »The Circle« was gathered by two artists over a number of years whilst they journeyed through various regions of the country, interviewing a wide variety of different inhabitants and communities. The individual stories exemplify the situation of the many who have fled from one part of the country to another. They are condemned to be refugees in their own country without the means to build a life elsewhere, reflecting the situation for so many others in Iraq and the Middle East.
Documentary photography, video recordings, audio interviews and recordings of ambient sound are combined and manipulated to create an immersive experience. »The Circle« evokes the endless uncertainty in the lives of people who have been displaced by force through its circular form, which simultaneously repeats and alters over time. The installation transports the audiences beyond the expected norms of current affairs reportage and instead places them in a challenging and confrontational new environment that demands engagement on an emotional and visceral level.
About the artists:
Agata Skowronek is a photojournalist working for Geo, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, specialized on topics of the Middle East. Her photo and video exhibition »Zero Tolerance« on state authority in Turkey took place in 2014.
Simon Hipkins is a documentary film-maker and photographer. He founded »Key Pictures« in 2012, a production company dedicated to experimenting with new forms of documentary. He works regularly for Al Jazeera English.
David McAulay is producer, composer and sound designer. He took part in feature films, documentaries and promotion films. Recently, he worked as a music supervisor and sound designer for the film »From Scotland With Love«.
Another podcast related to our piece by Chris King. http://www.documentaryphotoreview.com/…/podcast-an-intervi…/
Documentary Photography Review are doing a series of podcasts about The Circle as the project develops. You can listen to the first below which features myself (Simon Hipkins) speaking about the plans for the project and the crowd funding experience. Agata Skowronek's will follow in a couple of weeks, followed by David McAulay's 2 weeks later. Many thanks to Chris King for putting these together.
The latest report from the IDMC (Internal displacement monitoring centre) has estimated that there are now 4 million internally displaced people in Iraq. In 2014 alone, Iraq suffered the highest new internal displacement worldwide with at least 2.2 million displaced. This report really conveys the impact this is having on the country.
Thanks to all of you we can develop our Iraq project further. Hopefully most of you will have the opportunity to see this work by yourself. We will keep you posted about what is happening with it as well what is happening with Iraq.