Seeing is believing

Seeing is believing

KW Institute for Contemporary Art

September 3, 2011

Seeing is believing
11 September–13 November 2011

10 September 2011, 5–10 pm

Press Preview:
9 September 2011, 11 amAuguststr. 69
D-10117 Berlin
Opening Hours:
Tue–Sun 12–7 pm, Thur 12–9 pm

Adel Abdessemed, Abbas Akhavan, Kenneth Anger, Nadim Asfar, Taysir Batniji, Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, Paul Chan, Zeyad Dajani, Anita Di Bianco, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Khaled Hourani, Iman Issa, Alfredo Jaar, Nedim Kufi, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Gianni Motti, Adrian Paci, Walid Sadek, Taryn Simon, Sean Snyder, Hito Steyerl, Akram Zaatari

Images of terrorist attacks can be seen live and within seconds they are dispatched throughout media portals around the world. In the UN Security Council a tapestry with the Guernica motif is veiled, and soon after that a satellite photo is presented as a central argument in the legitimization of a war. Images of an execution are broadcasted live to the White House, but no photos are leaked to the public.

Images spread immediately; they appear to be the only evidence needed to make an event credible and experienceable. Seeing is believing—and still images exceed our imagination, our belief in reality. The realization of images not beeing simple representatives of non-media reality, but instead creating their own realities has become an integral part of contemporary image competence. The visual presence of political events, the politicization of images and their uncontrollable speed of circulation has led to a concentrated reflection of the image in contemporary art.

With the generous support by the Capital Cultural Fund, Berlin.

The cultural programs of KW Institute for Contemporary Art are made possible with the support of the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senate Chancellery – Cultural Affairs.

Further information
Denhart v. Harling . T +49. 30. 243459. 42 .

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