The Theatre of War
An exhibition exploring the theatricality of War through a unique selection of prints by Magnum photographers
The ‘Theatre of War’, held at the Magnum London’s Print Room, between September 18th and November 7th, 2014, was an exhibition of photographs dedicated to the work of some of the newest members of Magnum. Images by Peter Van Agtmael, Moises Saman and Jérôme Sessini hung alongside limited edition posthumous prints by the late Tim Hetherington, whose Estate joined the agency after his death in Libya in April 2011. This was the first time these photographers were shown together and for many it was their first exhibition in the UK.
The exhibition featured a number of vintage photographs by early members of Magnum covering conflict, including a selection of Robert Capa’s images of the Spanish Civil War and WWII.
The ‘Theatre of War’ addressed the subject that Tim Hetherington was exploring in his photography before he was tragically killed; the self-conscious theatricality of the combatants he was documenting as they played out their roles. A subject that leading conflict photographer Moises Saman also documented during his 5 years based in Egypt, during the Arab Spring.
Over the past 10 years, photojournalists have increasingly captured the attention of the art world as their powerfully affecting images cross over from news agencies to the walls of galleries and museums. This exhibition brought together a unique set of images that capture the protagonists of war and the stages on which they ‘perform’: the territories – Liberia, Egypt, Syria and Libya – throughout which these recent conflicts have raged.
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