Organized to commemorate the centenary of the start of World War I, “Conflict, Time, Photography” at London’s Tate Modern museum promises a multifaceted look at global conflict and the ways photographers have captured, interpreted and represented the trauma of war. Curated by Simon Baker, Shoair Mavlian and David Mellor, the exhibition incorporates work from nearly 40 artists, including Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, Luc Delahaye, Jim Goldberg, An-My Lê, Don McCullin, Susan Meiselas, Taryn Simon and Shomei Tomatsu.
Works in the exhibition range from photographs of the immediate impact of war, to contemplative series that consider the lasting effects of conflicts. Simon Norfolk’s “Afghanistan: Chronotopia,” for instance, depicts a landscape ravaged by decades of conflict, while Jerzy Lewczynski’s photographs show Adolf Hitler’s war headquarters in 1960, 15 years after his death. Photographs in the show are organized by how much time has passed since the events they address, and the exhibition also includes recent work by several photographers reflecting on the legacy of the first World War.
The Tate will publish a catalogue of the exhibition, and the show will travel in 2015 to the Museum Folkwang in Essen and the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen in Dresden. – Holly Hughes
“Conflict, Time, Photography” opens November 26, 2014 and runs through March 15, 2015 at Tate Modern, The Eval Ofer Galleries in London.