Rabih Mroué. The Fall of a Hair: Blow Ups. 2012

Rabih Mroué The Fall of a Hair: Blow Ups 2012

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The seven large-scale photographs in The Fall of a Hair: Blow Ups are part of Rabih Mroué’s larger project on the use of mobile phones in documenting recent conflicts in the Arab world, despite the difficulty and danger involved. These images showing men with guns are stills the artist selected from videos “where there is eye contact between the protesters trying to capture the images and the snipers.” The pictures’ pixelated blurriness and surface sheen prevent us from seeing the detailed infor-mation they contain. Mroué, who has long been interested “in the presentation of death in war images,” was prompted to make this work when a friend said the Syrian protesters were “shooting their own deaths”—a phrase that triggers images of firing guns and filming or photographing.

Additional text from Seeing Through Photographs online course, Coursera, 2016
Inkjet prints
Each 51 3/16 × 35 7/16" (130 × 90 cm)
Fund for the Twenty-First Century
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© 2021 Rabih Mroué, courtesy Sfeir-Semler Gallery

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