21 February 2013
Rabih Mroué: The Pixelated Revolution
Art Exchange, University of Essex
Thursday 21 February – Saturday 23 March
Image from The Pixelated Revolution
Civilian photographers risk everything to unmask Syrian state repression.
The Pixelated Revolution is an exhibition of video footage taken on mobile phones by Syrian civilians during the ongoing revolution.
In what has been described as a ‘double shooting’, civilians put themselves in the line of fire to shoot at army snipers with their phone cameras, attempting to bear witness and hold the snipers to account by posting their actions on the web.
Lebanese video artist Rabih Mroué has culled images from YouTube, then zooms in to scrutinise snipers features, only to see them pixelate into abstraction the closer he searches for their identity. Blown up and hung side by side, the shots form a haunting line-up of unidentifiable subjects rendered safe by the inferiority of the photographer’s tools.
Alongside film footage and photography, we screen Mroue's extraordinary lecture that delves into the many issues surrounding the Syrian protestors' means of recording images of their 'here and now', of their ability to spread through virtual communication platforms - and how we perceive these images.
Mroué plays out the role of selector, interpreter and commentator as he attempts to further understand these double shootings.
The Pixelalted Revolution was first shown at Documenta 13, 2012.
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