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Conflict, Time, Photography

An exhibition presented by Tate Modern, London, in association with the Museum Folkwang, Essen, and the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
July 31 to October 25, 2015

Conceived by Tate Modern, this exhibition illustrates how the events of war and their consequences have been captured and reflected in the medium of photography from the 19th century onwards. Historical photo-stories, documentary photographs, and works by contemporary photographers highlight the traces ‒ both momentary and permanent, visible and obliterated ‒ that each conflict leaves behind and which are inscribed, not only in the collective memory, but also in the actual places that once formed the backdrop for armed conflict.

The images in the exhibition of people, places, and things stem from around the globe and from various epochs ‒ ranging from the American Civil War to the Iraq War ‒ and reveal the existential effects of violence and destruction as the bedrock of our modern civilization. The selected photographs were taken moments, days, weeks, months, years, even decades after the events they variously record. In keeping with this chronology from immediacy to aftermath, the exhibition covers a timespan that starts, for instance, with images taken just seconds after the explosion of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima, before moving on to photographic observations from the divided city of Cold-War Berlin, and ending with photographs of former WWI battle sites, taken some 100 years after the fighting. As a result, this temporally interwoven display gives shape to the haunting, timeless iconography of war.

  • Artists

    Jules Andrieu, Pierre Antony-Thouret, Nobuyoshi Araki, George N. Barnard, Robert Capa, Luc Delahaye, Ken Domon, Matsumoto Eiichi, Roger Fenton, Jim Goldberg und Kamel Khelif, Shigeo Hayashi, Thomas Höpker, Toshio Fukada, Kenji Ishiguro, Kikuji Kawada, Jens Klein, Susanne Kriemann, Jerzy Lewczyński, Agata Madejska, Diana Matar, Chloe Dewe Mathews, Don McCullin, Susan Meiselas, An-My Lê, Simon Norfolk, João Penalva, Richard Peter sen., Peter Piller, Walid Raad, Jo Ractliffe, Michael Schmidt, Ursula Schulz-Dornburg, Harry Shunk und János Kender, Stephen Shore, Taryn Simon, Shomei Tomatsu, Hiromi Tsuchida, Nick Waplington, Paul Virilio, Jane und Louise Wilson, Sasaki Yuichiro